Indiana Pacers Get Back To Their Winning Ways Against New Orleans Pelicans

By Mathew Muncy
Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

It was another typical sports day for Indiana sports fans. While the Indianapolis Colts were completing an improbable comeback, the Indiana Pacers were completing their own typical comeback against the New Orleans Pelicans.

In front of a sellout crowd, the Pacers got off to a slow start, something fans are accustomed to seeing this year. An early 14 point deficit didn’t sit well with fans, but if you’ve watched this team at all this season, then you would know it’s how they typically start. Lance Stephenson led the second half charge by scoring 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter and the Pacers surged to a 99-82 victory.

When these two squads met in October, it was Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis that gave them the most trouble, but last night, it was hometown kid Eric Gordon and the unknown Alexis Ajinca. Gordon dropped 21 points and Ajinca was unstoppable from the top of the key on his way to scoring a career-high 17 points.

For Indiana, Roy Hibbert and David West were nonexistent on the offensive end, scoring a combined 14 points. But on the defensive end, they made their mark with their interior defenses, seven total blocks, while holding Holiday and Davis to a combined 18 points.

Paul George did what he does, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 boards. The bench even got into the scoring groove as Danny Granger finished with 13 points, Luis Scola had eight, and C.J. Watson had six.

After losing to the Toronto Raptors to start the new year, the Pacers got back to winning and stayed atop the NBA with the league’s best record.

Mathew Muncy is an Indiana Pacers writer for Follow him on Twitter @MMuncy, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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