Good teams are usually able to win even when they don’t play a good game, and that’s exactly what happened today with the Pacers. The team coached by Frank Vogel, was unable to put a consistent display in the first half but they turned things around in the second half on their way to a 99-82 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Pacers were down by five points at halftime, but something clicked for them in the third quarter, a period where they outscored the Pelicans 30-12. Strong defense and effectiveness on the offensive side of the ball were more than enough to allow Indiana to get a good lead. They confirmed their advantage in the fourth quarter on their route to a win that ended up looking easier than it was.
As expected, Paul George had to carry the team to turn things around for the Pacers. The All-Star forward ended with a double-double after tallying 24 points and 10 rebounds. Even though George wasn’t able to shoot consistently today — he ended the game converting only 33-percent of his attempts — he appeared right when his team needs him the most. Lance Stephenson and Danny Granger also had good games on the offensive side of the ball. Despite not putting up a good overall performance, the fact that Indiana was able to come out on top has to be encouraging for the team this season.
It’s no secret that the Pacers need to come back to their earlier form if they want to have a shot at winning the title, but as long as they can keep winning these close games, the team will be fine during the postseason. They have enough quality to cruise their way on to a deep postseason run in a very weak Eastern Conference.