Even though the game was quite even in the first half, the Pacers played a very strong second half and showed the difference that currently exists between both teams as Indiana took the game by a 105-91 score.
Indiana’s offense fired on all cylinders tonight as the team as a whole had a solid outing. Paul George was the top scorer finishing the game with 24 pts — and shooting efficiently from the field in the process — but even though he carried most of the offensive load tonight, he wasn’t the only bright spot for the Pacers.
Lance Stephenson continues to grow within each game and if he can keep up this kind of play, it wouldn’t be strange to see him winning the Most Improved Player award that George won last season. Stephenson flirted once again with a triple-double, finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. His much improved play is one of the reasons why Danny Granger is currently coming off the bench but the Pacers are such a well-oiled unit that it truly seems like it doesn’t matter who’s starting and who’s entering the contest on the latter stages.
The five players who started the game for the Pacers ended scoring on double-digits and the team recorded 28 assists on 38 field goals, a true testament of how well they moved the ball tonight. While it’s true that the Nets have struggled mightily this season, they are still a tough defensive unit based on their experience so any time Indiana can put up these kinds of numbers, it’s a good sign of growth for the team.
Since they are on a very weak Eastern Conference, the Pacers appear to be a lock to make a deep playoff run this year. The team has been solid all year long and tonight’s performance against Brooklyn was another step in the right direction.