The Indiana Pacers are the best team in the Eastern Conference but most pundits and experts were reluctant to see how they fared against the top teams in the West.
Based on their first contest, it’s safe to say that the Pacers will be threat against any team in the league as they pulled the upset and defeated the San Antonio Spurs by a 111-100 score at the AT&T Center.
The Pacers’ offense was firing at all cylinders through the game, with seven players scoring in double-digits. Their scoring rampage was especially meaningful in the second and third periods where they outscored the Spurs by a combined 67-37. Indiana shot nearly 54 percent from the field and a blistering 48 percent from three-point land. The offense was led by superstar Paul George who scored 28 points and David West added 20 points with eight rebounds.
Defensively, the Pacers were quite solid and stopped the Spurs’ rally in the fourth quarter. San Antonio won the final period by 11 points and despite their good efforts from the field, they never got their offensive rhythm going and that was partially due to Indiana’s pressure and perimeter defense. The Pacers out-rebounded the Spurs 41-34 and the battle in the boards turned out to be key to get the win.
Indiana ended an 11-game losing streak against the Spurs on the road and based on their play, it doesn’t seem like it will be the only record they will break this year. The Pacers are on a roll and they a legit threat to achieve big things once it’s all said and done this season; they already showed against the East and now they are showing the capacity to get good results in the Western Conference.