The good teams find a way to win games when they are not playing good and the great teams can win games even if the stars can’t produce.
Based on that definition, the Indiana Pacers can be considered one of the best teams in the NBA right now. Paul George had his worst game of the season but the role players stepped it up effectively and thanks to a strong second half and solid defense, Indiana defeated the Washington Wizards, 93-66.
George struggled mightily on the offensive side of the ball tonight (he only ended with eight points and made two of his 14 shots) but fortunately for the Pacers, the rest of the team produced when it counted. David West had 20 points, Roy Hibbert added 12 more and Lance Stephenson had another solid night filling out the stat-sheet with 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The win wouldn’t have been possible without some strong defense though. The Pacers limited the Wizards — who aren’t a top offensive team by any means — to only 29 points in the entire second half. To put that into perspective, the Pacers had 29 only in the fourth quarter, a period where most of their reserves were on the floor.
It was definitively a good win for the Pacers as they needed to prove the rest of the league that they can win even when Paul George is not lighting up the scoreboard. They have showed continuously this season that they are a legit contender and if the whole rotation keeps finding ways to produce, the Pacers will be a tough team to beat come playoff time.