Indiana Pacers News
12-26-16: After Paul George was the game-high scorer in consecutive victories, the Pacers struggled against Carmelo Anthony, Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade in three straight losses. Before the losing streak, Indiana’s record was above .500, but Nate McMillan’s squad is now without a playoff spot. The Pacers look to bounce back in the District of Columbia on Wednesday.
12-12-16: The Pacers continue to alternate wins and losses, as they won, 118-111, on Saturday against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. Paul George scored a game-high 37 points; he also scored a game-high 25 points in Wednesday's victory at Phoenix. Indiana next hosts the Charlotte Hornets before starting a three-game road trip in Miami.
11-28-16: Glenn Robinson III and Myles Turner each scored a game-high 17 points on Sunday and moved the Pacers’ record back to 9-9 for the season with their 91-70 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. Jeff Teague scored seven points and dished out a game-high 10 assists in the contest.
11-21-16: The Pacers headed into Sunday with a 0-5 record away from home this season, but they won their first road game of 2016-17 in impressive fashion. In Sunday’s overtime contest without Paul George and C.J. Miles, Jeff Teague scored 30 points and registered nine assists along with a career-high six steals, as the Pacers won for the third time in their last four tries.
11-7-16: On Saturday, Jeff Teague scored a game-high 21 points, as the Pacers defeated the visiting Chicago Bulls, 111-94. Teague shot a very efficient 9-for-14 from the field and made three of his five 3-point attempts in the victory. On Monday, the Pacers will head to Charlotte, as they look to get their record back to above .500 on the season.
4-25-16: On the Pacers’ first possession of Saturday’s Game 4 against the visiting Toronto Raptors, Ian Mahinmi assisted on George Hill’s 3-pointer. Indiana scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back, as Frank Vogel’s squad tied the series with a 100-83 victory. Hill and Mahinmi each scored a game-high 22 points, and for Mahinmi, that was a career high.
4-11-16: The Pacers defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 129-105, on Sunday to clinch their fifth playoff appearance in the last six years. The Pacers will now jockey for positioning with the Detroit Pistons, as they fight to see which team will face the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers and second-seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round.
3-29-16: The Pacers survived James Harden’s game-high 34 points on Sunday, as Indiana bounced back to defeat the visiting Houston Rockets, 104-101. Paul George, who had a team-high 25 points on Sunday, scored a game-high 27 points on Saturday, but that contest, a 120-110 loss at Brooklyn, ended the Pacers’ two-game winning streak.
3-15-16: The Pacers, who ended February two games above .500, have already bettered their record in March by winning four of their first six games of the month. Although Indiana lost by 29 points in Atlanta on Sunday, the Pacers were winners of their previous three contests. Paul George’s 20-point and 10-rebound double-double on Saturday at Dallas led the Pacers to victory.
2-29-16: Paul George extended his streak of being the game-high scorer to three games, as he put up 27 points in Wednesday’s 108-105 victory over the New York Knicks and had 32 points in Friday’s 96-95 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. Then, on Sunday, Monta Ellis was the team-high scorer with just 18 points in the Pacers’ 111-102 loss.
2-23-16: Paul George scored a game-high 31 points on Monday, but that performance was not enough for the C.J. Miles-less Pacers. On the night after defeating the Orlando Magic by three points, they fell to the Heat in Miami, 101-93, in overtime. Indiana could not handle Hassan Whiteside, who put up 19 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks.
2-16-16: Paul George’s streak of being the game-high scorer ended on Wednesday when he was just the team-high scorer with 22 points. Although George Hill, Monta Ellis and Myles Turner also scored in double digits, the Charlotte Hornets blew out the Pacers, 117-95. It was a frustrating loss for an Indiana team that has been strong at home this season.
2-3-16: After a strong start to the season, the Pacers had a frustrating January. They finished the month with two victories. They almost made it three in a row, as they were leading in the second half of Monday night’s contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Indiana fell to LeBron James and company for the second time this season.
1-12-16: At 21-16, the Indiana Pacers remain in the Eastern Conference jumble that exists from the second place team through the 12th place team. Coming home from a road trip where the team went 2-2 in four games, the Pacers have two home games this week against the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards while playing the Boston Celtics on the road.
12-28-15: Cooled off from their hot start, the Indiana Pacers have lost three out of their last four games but are most recently coming off a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Pacers play four games this week against the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons.
12-21-15: With the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers slipping this past week, the Indiana Pacers have jumped into the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference with a 16-10 record. Although they’ve been playing .500 basketball in their last 10 games, the Pacers have upcoming winnable games against the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves.
12-11-15: The losing streak is now up to three games for the Indiana Pacers, who lost their highly anticpated matchup with the Golden State Warriors earlier in the week. The Pacers look to get back on track against the Miami Heat and play four of their next five games at home.
11-19-15: The Pacers have won four of their last five and seven out of their last nine as Paul George is back to being a superstar. The Pacers have one game against the Bucks this weekend before heading to DC to play the Wizards on Tuesday.
11-13-15:The Indiana Pacers have been battling injuries to their starting backcourt and now lose Myles Turner for four weeks to impact the frontcourt. They’re staying afloat at 5-4 as they’ve yet to realize their full potential during the early parts of the season. One thing that is known is that Paul George is officially back.
11-5-15: Dealing with some early injuries, the Indiana Pacers have yet to find the consistency they need to be successful. It’s early in the season, which is good news, and even better news is that Paul George seems to be close to the player he was before his leg injury.
4-7-15: The Indiana Pacers are chasing down the 8th seeded Boston Celtics for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and the honor of facing off against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round. The team enters the new week boasting a 31-41 record that has the team on the outside looking in at the playoffs if the season ended today. The Pacers started this week by staying at home in Indiana to play host to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest the Mavericks dropped their second straight tough game as the Indiana Pacers outlasted Dallas by the final score of 104-99. The leading scorer in the contest was CJ Miles who had 28 points for Indiana while Roy Hibbert grabbed seven rebounds in the victory for the Pacers. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Mavericks was led by Chandler Parsons who had 27 points while Wilson Chandler grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss for Dallas. For the next Pacers contest the team traveled to Brooklyn to face off with Brook Lopez and the Brooklyn Nets. During the game the Nets continued to hold on to their narrow lead for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs chase with a 111-106 victory over the Pacers. The leading scorer in the contest was George Hill who had 28 points for Indiana while Luis Scola added nine rebounds in the loss for the Pacers. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Nets was led by Brook Lopez who had 24 points and 11 rebounds while Deron Williams added eight assists in the victory for Brooklyn. The Pacers were back out on the court the very next night in Boston when the team faced off with Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics. During the game the Celtics continued their push towards the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a decisive 100-87 victory over Indiana. The leading scorer in the contest was George Hill who had 21 points and six assists for the Pacers while David West added eight rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Indiana. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Celtics was led by Tyler Zeller who had 19 points while Evan Turner added 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the victory for Boston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 32-43. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays host in a pair of home games against the Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat before traveling to New York to face off with the New York Knicks to finish off their week.
3-31-15: The Indiana Pacers enter the new week on the outside looking in when it comes to the Eastern Conference playoff picture. If the season ended today the Pacers 30-37 record would not be good enough to get them into the playoffs this year. The Pacers started this week by making the trip out to Cleveland to face off with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the game Indiana kept it close on the free throw line but LeBron James was too much to be stopped in a 95-92 victory for the Cavaliers. LeBron led all scorers in the contest with 29 points while five other players scored in double figures in the victory for the Cavaliers. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pacers was led by 24 points from George Hill while Roy Hibbert added 20 points in the loss for Indiana. The Pacers hoped for better result the very next night when the team returned home to Indiana to play host to Brook Lopez and the Brooklyn Nets. During the game the Pacers had to feel good about shooting 50% from the field as a team but their defense allowed the Nets to shoot a staggering 61% from the field in a 123-111 victory for Brooklyn. The leading scorer in the contest was Brook Lopez who had 26 points while Bojan Bogdanovic added 21 points in the victory for the Nets. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pacers was led by George Hill who had 18 points and five other starters who scored in double figures but it was not enough in the loss for Indiana. For the Pacers next contest the team made the trip back home to Indiana to play host to James Harden and the Houston Rockets. During the game the Pacers offense was held to just 15 points in the first quarter and even with a 32 point explosion in the fourth the team could not make up the deficit in a 110-100 loss to Houston. The leading scorer in the contest was James Harden who had 44 points and seven assists in the game while Trevor Ariza grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory for the Rockets. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pacers was led by Watson who had 23 points while Roy Hibbert had 10 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Indiana. For the Pacers next contest the team made the trip out to Washington to face off with John Wall and the Washington Wizards. During the game the Pacers were able to overcome an early first half deficit with an explosive fourth quarter that propelled the team to a 103-101 victory over Washington. The leading scorer in the contest was John Wall who had 34 points and six assists for Washington while Marcin Gortat added seven rebounds in the loss for the Wizards. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pacers was led by 29 points and nine rebounds while David West grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory for Indiana. For the final game of the week in the NBA schedule the Indiana Pacers made the trip out to Milwaukee to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks. During the game the Pacers were not able to overcome a 15 point first quarter in an eventual 111-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The leading scorer in the contest was Ilyasova who had 34 points and six rebounds for Milwaukee while Michael Carter Williams added eight assists in the victory for the Bucks. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pacers was led by CJ Miles who had 26 points while Scola added nine rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Indiana. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 31-41. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Dallas Mavericks before finishing the week out on the road facing off against the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics.
3-3-15: The Indiana Pacers come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week hoping to turn around one of the worst records in the NBA this season boasting a 21-33 record. The Pacers started this week by traveling out to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. During the contest Indiana used 48% shooting from the field as a team and a big night from Rodney Stuckey to take down the 76ers by the final score of 106-95. Stuckey led all scorers in the contest with 30 points while Luis Scola added 16 points in the victory for the Pacers. Meanwhile the 76ers watched Jerami Grant and Luc Mbah A Moute score 16 points each but it was not enough in the loss for Philadelphia. For the Pacers next contest the team stayed home in Indiana to play host to the Golden State Warriors. During the game the Warriors offense was held under 100 points and the defense could not pick up the slack in a 104-98 loss to the Pacers. Klay Thompson did lead all scorers in the contest for Golden State when he scored 39 points but the rest of the Warriors offense was flat in the loss. Meanwhile the Pacers scoring attack was led by 30 points and five assists from Rodney Stuckey as Indiana was able to upset the NBA’s best team in the Warriors. For the Pacers next contest the team made the trip out to Oklahoma City to face off with Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the game the Thunder exploded in the first quarter and the third quarter en route to an easy 105-92 victory over the Pacers. Serge Ibaka led the Thunder’s scoring attack on the night with 23 points while Russell Westbrook remained red hot grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists in the victory for Oklahoma City. Meanwhile CJ Miles almost matched Ibaka with 21 points for Indiana while Roy Hibbert grabbed 10 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Pacers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 23-24. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home all week to play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls.
2-20-15: The Indiana Pacers enters the NBA’s All Star Weekend with no much to cheer about as the team has posted one of the worst records in the NBA this season with a 21-33 record. The Pacers started this
week by resting up and enjoying the week off for the NBA All Star Game. No members of Indiana were
invited to the All Star Game or any of the festivities on NBA All Star Saturday Night. The next night NBA
All Star Weekend culminated with the playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game
pit the best of the Eastern Conference against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that
defense was thrown out the window in lieu of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in
the offensive department as these two teams combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison
Square Garden. Leading the way for the Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points
winning the MVP Award while James Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the
hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the
way with 30 points. It was not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference
once again showed its dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All
Star Game. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 21-33. Get
your tickets for next week as the team travels to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia 76ers before
returning home to play host to the Golden State Warriors. The team will then finish their week out back
on the road in Oklahoma City when the team takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
2-9-15: The Indiana Pacers came into the week still sitting as one of the cellar dwellers in the Eastern
Conference this season posting a 17-31 record. The Pacers started this week by staying at home in
Indiana to play host to Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Kings outshot
Indiana 43% to 40% and won the game by the final score of 99-94. Rudy Gay led the Kings scoring attack
with 31 points from DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points and 19 rebounds in the victory for Sacramento.
Indiana’s attack was led by 17 points each from David West and CJ Miles but it was not enough in the
loss for the Pacers. The Pacers next contest came back at home in Indiana when the team played host to
the Detroit Pistons. During the game the pacers were able to survive a great game by the Pistons Andre
Drummond to win the game 114-109. Drummond led Detroit in scoring and rebounding in the contest
with 18 points and 16 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Pistons. Meanwhile George Hill
led Indiana in scoring with 20 points while Roy Hibbert added 12 rebounds in the victory for the Pacers.
When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 18-32. Get your tickets
for next week as the team stays home in Indiana to play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers before traveling
to Charlotte to take on the Charlotte Hornets. The Pacers will then return to Indiana to play host to the
San Antonio Spurs before finishing their week off in New Orleans taking on the New Orleans Pelicans.
1-29-15: The Indiana Pacers struggled once again last week dropping games and dropping their overall record to
15-25 on the 2014/2015 NBA season. The Pacers started this week by staying home inside Indiana to
play host to Brandon Jennings and the red hot Detroit Pistons. During the contest the Pacers actually
outshot the Pistons 45% to 38% but the game quickly became the Brandon Jennings show. Jennings led
all scorers with 37 points for the Pistons Andre Drummond added 16 points in a narrow 98-96 victory
over Indiana. The Pacers attack was led by six players that scored in double figures in the contest but it
was not enough in the loss to the Pistons. The Pacers were back out on the court the very next night
when the team was in Charlotte taking on the Charlotte Hornets. During the contest these two teams
went back and forth for most of the night in a game that could not be decided after four quarters. The
Pacers forced the overtime behind 19 points from David West but the team received 0 points from
Solomon Hill after almost 32 minutes of play. Meanwhile Gerald Henderson scored 20 points for the
Hornets as Charlotte took over in the second half and into the overtime period. When the extra five
minute period had expired the Hornets had taken control and had taken down the Pacers by the final
score of 80-71. For the Pacers next contest the team packed their bags and traveled to Houston to take
on James Harden and the Houston Rockets. During the contest the Rockets used a big first half and 51%
shooting from the field as a team to take down the Pacers by the final score of 110-98. Indiana stayed
close and attempted a second half comeback behind 23 points from CJ Miles but it was not enough in
the loss to Houston. The Rockets attack was led by 45 points from James Harden and 14 points and 17
rebounds from Dwight Howard in the big victory for Houston over Indiana. For the Pacers next contest
the team traveled to Atlanta looking to snap the 13 game winning streak for Paul Millsap and the Atlanta
Hawks. During the contest the Hawks won their 14th game in a row with a stingy defense and a huge
offensive outburst in the third quarter. Carroll led the way for the Hawks with 17 points while Paul
Millsap grabbed 9 rebounds and Jeff Teague added 11 assists in the 110-91 victory over Indiana. The
Pacers attack was led by CJ Miles who finished with 18 points but it was not nearly enough to stop the
best team in the Eastern Conference. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an
overall record of 15-29. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of road contests against
the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic before returning to Indiana to finish their week off against the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks.
1-12-15: The Indiana Pacers came into the week reeling off another bad week that left their overall record on the season at 12-21. The Pacers started this week by traveling to Milwaukee to take on the Milwaukee Bucks from the Eastern Conference. During the game Indiana used 22 points from C.J. Miles and twice as many free throw shots in a 94-91 victory over the Bucks. Milwaukee countered with 20 points from Brandon Knight but the team managed just eight free throws in the loss to the Pacers. Indiana looked to keep to their winning strategy during their next contest when the team traveled to Los Angeles to take on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest Indiana had to feel good about their output after one quarter outscoring the Lakers by the score of 28-15. Los Angeles began chipping away at the lead in the second and into the second half despite an off night of shooting by Kobe Bryant. CJ Miles scored 17 points for Indiana to lead their attack but the team’s overall attack stalled as the team combined for 59 points in the final three quarters. The Lakers staged a fourth quarter comeback that ended with Los Angeles grabbing a narrow 88-87 victory from the jaws of defeat over the Pacers. In a matchup of two fourth place teams the Indiana Pacers traveled to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz for their next contest of the season. During the contest the Pacers rode a big first quarter both offensively and defensively to a big 105-101 victory over the Utah Jazz. Indiana scored 31 points in the first quarter behind 22 points and 8 rebounds from Roy Hibbert while holding Utah to just 16 points. The Jazz attack was led by 27 points and 11 rebounds from Derrick Favors but it was not enough in the loss for Utah. For the Pacers next contest the team traveled to Golden State to take on the NBA’s best record holder in the Golden State Warriors. During the contest Stephen Curry became the quickest in NBA history to hit the 1,000 three pointer milestone in an easy 117-102 victory over Indiana. Klay Thompson led all scorers in the contest with 40 points while Stephen Curry dished out 15 assists in the victory. Indiana’s attack was led by 21 points from George Hill but it was not enough in the loss to Golden State. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 14-23. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Boston Celtics before traveling to Philadelphia to face off with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pacers will then finish their week off back at home in Indiana when the team takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
1-2-15: The Indiana Pacers 2014/2015 season to date has not gone according to plan as the team has one of the worst records in all of the Eastern Conference posting a 10-19 overall record. The Pacers started this week by traveling to Detroit to take on their Eastern Conference foes in the Detroit Pistons. During the contest the Pacers had to feel good about shooting 51% from the field while knocking down nine of their three point shots but the Detroit Pistons were that much better. Detroit finished shooting 55% from the field and knocked down an impressive ten shots from beyond the three point line en route to a 119-109 victory over Indiana. In the contest Detroit was led by 20 points from Andre Drummond while the Pacers were led by Roy Hibbert’s 19 point outburst in the loss. The Pacers were back at it again the very next night when the team traveled to Brooklyn to take on Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and the Brooklyn Nets. During the contest the Pacers held the Nets to just 36% shooting from the field with a strong defense that forced tough shots all night long. Jarrett Jack did lead all scorers in the game with 22 points but received very little help from his supporting cast. Meanwhile Indiana’s attack was led by 20 points from Rodney Stuckey as the Pacers went on to beat the Nets by the final score of 110-85. The Pacers looked to start a winning streak in their next contest when the team stayed home in Indiana to play host to the Chicago Bulls. During the contest the Pacers held Chicago to just 35% shooting from the field while posting a 43% shooting percentage as a team and still found a way to narrowly lose to the Bulls. The Pacers committed a game high 25 fouls which led to 16 more free throws made for Chicago in what ultimately decided the contest. Jimmy Butler had a game high 27 points for the Bulls in a 92-90 victory over Indiana despite 17 points from Chris Copeland. The Pacers hoped for better results in their final contest of the week when the team stayed home in Indiana to play host to the Miami Heat. During the contest the Heat outshot the Pacers but Indiana used the three point line and the charity stripe to keep the game close. Indiana, led by 25 points from C.J. Miles, knocked down five more three point shots and 12 more free throws en route to a 106-95 victory over the Heat. Miami’s attack was led by Dwyane Wade’s 20 point night but it was not enough in the loss to Indiana. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 12-21. Get your tickets for next week as the team spends the week out on the road facing off against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors.
12-22-14: The Indiana Pacers start to the 2014/2015 season has not gone according to plan as the team has struggled while posting a 7-15 record. The Pacers started this week by traveling to our neighbors from the north in Toronto to take on the Toronto Raptors. During the contest the Raptors dominated the boards early collecting 13 more rebounds than Indiana leading to 11 more shooting opportunities. Louis Williams and the Raptors took full advantage of this in what was a close game played by both teams. Soloman Hill’s 16 points were not enough as Indiana fell to the Raptors by the final score of 106-94. The very next night the Pacers were back home in Indiana playing host to the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Blazers defense was stingy holding the Pacers to just 39% shooting which made things easy for Portland. LeMarcus Aldridge led the Portland attack with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Indiana’s C.J. Watson led all scorers with 23 points in the contest. The supporting cast for Aldridge was a little better as Portland went on to beat Indiana by the score of 95-85. Indiana hoped for better results in their next contest when the team stayed home to play host to the suddenly hot Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest the Pacers used a huge first half in which the team posted 60 points while holding Los Angeles to 27 points to propel the team to victory. Kobe Bryant was in the middle of most of the Lakers scoring on the night adding 21 points but it was 20 points each from Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles that was the difference in the contest. The Pacers took an early lead and never relinquished the lead in a big 110-91 victory over the Lakers. The Pacers looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled to Los Angeles’s other team to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest Blake Griffin took over on the glass pulling down16 rebounds while leading all scorers with 31 points. Griffin was the difference maker in the contest despite seven Pacers players who scored in double digits in the contest. The Pacers tried to come back in the fourth quarter and force overtime but the attempt fell just short in a 102-100 victory for Griffin and the Clippers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 8-18. Get your tickets for next week as the team sets out on the road to face off with the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves before returning home to Indiana to host the New Orleans Pelicans.
12-15-14: The Indiana Pacers have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 7-12 record. The Pacers started this week by packing their bags and traveling out to Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings in a road contest. During the contest the Pacers only shot 38% from the field but the team used 10 steals and great defense to take 96 shots, good for 13 more than the Kings in the game. David West led the Pacers with just 16 points but it was good enough to force an overtime period. In the overtime Rudy Gay and his 27 point night took over as the Kings held on to beat the Pacers by the final score of 102-101. The Pacers traveled back home to Indiana in their next contest when the team hosted the Atlanta Hawks in their next contest. During the game the Hawks held down the Pacers offense for much of the night holding the team to just 44% shooting from the field. Indiana managed just 18 points in the first quarter and could not make up the early deficit despite 15 points each from Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles. Al Horford led all scorers in the contest for the Hawks with 25 points while Jeff Teague chipped in 21 points in a 108-92 victory over the Pacers. Indiana finished their week off back at home as the team played host to the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Clippers held the Pacers to just 39% shooting from the field in a game dominated by Los Angeles. The Clippers had six players that scored in double figures in the contest while Indiana was a one man team on the night behind 30 points from C.J. Miles. Miles was not enough to stave off the Clippers as Los Angeles went on to beat Indiana by the score of 103-96. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-15. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team travels to Toronto to take on the Toronto Raptors before returning home to host the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Indiana will then finish their week off back out on the road facing off against the Los Angeles Clippers.
12-5-14: The Indiana Pacers have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season as the team has only been able to post a 6-9 record in the first five weeks of the new NBA season. The Pacers started this week by heading back home the night after the Thanksgiving holiday to play host to the Orlando Magic in Indiana. During the contest the Pacers absolutely dominated the offensive and defensive rebounding as Indiana brought down 21 more rebounds than the Magic. Those extra opportunities led to 24 more shooting opportunities which ended up being the difference in the contest. Both the Magic and the Pacers shot 44% of the field but the extra shot attempts led Indiana to a 98-83 victory over Orlando. The very next night the Pacers were back at it again this time in Cleveland taking on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest the Cavaliers came out of the gates with a hot hand in the first three quarters. The Cavs put some distance between them and the Pacers in the third quarter especially when the team scored 35 points and outscored Indiana by 13 to take a healthy 16 point lead into the fourth quarter. Kevin Love led all scorers in the contest with 28 points while Indiana’s offensive attack was led by 14 points from David West but it was not enough as the Pacers fell to the Cavs by the score of 109-97. The Pacers looked to turn things around in their next contest when the team traveled to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns in the desert. During the contest the Pacers were done in by the three point shooting of the Suns and specifically Goran Dragic. Phoenix knocked down 12 three point shots as the team finished with 50% shooting from the field while Indiana managed to make just four of their attempts from three point land which ended up bring the difference in the contest. The Suns used their perimeter game and their outside shooting superiority to take down the Pacers by the score of 116-99. The Pacers finished their week off back out on the road as the team traveled to Portland to take on the Portland Trail Blazers inside Moda Center. During the contest the Pacers came out of the gate sluggish and not shooting well from the field as the team finished with just 33 points in the first half. The Blazers took full advantage of this slow start and used it to stave off a second half comeback from Indiana even though Portland was not firing on all cylinders either. Portland was led by 23 points from Damian Lillard as the Trail Blazers ended the week on a high note beating the Pacers by the score of 88-82. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-12. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to face off with the Sacramento Kings before coming back home to play host to the Atlanta Hawks and the Los Angeles Clippers to finish the week.
11-28-14: The Indiana Pacers made the playoffs last season in the Eastern Conference but has not had the best start to the 2014/2015 campaign as the team attempts a return trip to the postseason. Indiana has started the new season with a 5-7 record that has many around the team worried. The Pacers started this week by hosting the Phoenix Suns back at home in Indiana. In this contest the Pacers were outplayed and outscored in every single quarter as the team shot just 37% from the field and a meager 30% from beyond the arc in the contest. Meanwhile the Suns offensive attack was led by Gerald Green’s 23 points as Phoenix routed the Pacers by the score of 106-83. Indiana looked for a better outcome in their next contest as the Pacers traveled to Dallas to take on the Mavericks. In the contest Monta Ellis scored 24 points while Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks while the team shot 50% from the field. The Pacers were that much better though shooting 50% from the three point line and knocking down five more three pointers in a 111-100 victory for Indiana. The Pacers leading scorer was Donald Sloan who scored 29 points while six other players for Indiana scored in double figures in the victory. The Pacers finished their week off by traveling to the great state of Texas to take on the San Antonio Spurs in a road contest. During the contest Manu Ginobili enjoyed a hot hand shooting as the Spurs guard finished with 28 points off the bench to lead all scorers while shooting 10-18 from the field. Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard added 21 points each while Tim Duncan scored 17 in a 106-100 victory over the Pacers. Indiana watched as Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points and Luis Scola added 13 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Pacers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 6-9. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team heads home to host the Orlando Magic before setting out on the road to face off with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers.
11-21-14: The Indiana Pacers were a playoff team last year but the team has not played like one to start the
2014/2015 season as the Indiana has started the season 3-6. The Pacers did lose a huge chunk of their
team to free agency this season which would account for the tough start to their campaign. The Pacers
started this week by hosting the Denver Nuggets at home in Indiana. In the contest Denver shot 49%
from the field and used all 15 of their eligible players while Indiana managed just 41% from the field and
an even 50% from the free throw line in the game. Denver came out of the gates firing on all cylinders as
the Nuggets scored 64 points in the first half and took a lead with them into halftime that they would
not relinquish. When the final whistle was blown the Nuggets beat the Pacers by the score of 108-87.
The very next night the Pacers were back out on the road when the team traveled to Chicago to take on
the Chicago Bulls. Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 32 points for Chicago but Kirk Hinrich and Pau Gasol
were the only other Bulls players to score in double figures in the contest. Meanwhile The Pacers had
three players that scored 21 points each as Indiana went on to beat Chicago by the score of 99-90. In the
Pacers final game of the week the team traveled back home to host Al Jefferson and the Charlotte
Hornets. Jefferson led all scorers with 28 points in the contest leading the Hornets into the fourth
quarter with the lead. The Pacers took over in the fourth quarter behind Roy Hibbert and Luis Scola as
Indiana went on to win the contest by the score of 88-86. The Hornets committed 21 fouls in the contest
while Indiana played more disciplined fouling only 13 times. The free throw line is where the game
changing difference was made in the Indiana victory. When the week was all said and done the team
finished with an overall record of 5-7. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team hosts the
Phoenix Suns in Indiana before heading out on the road to take on the Dallas Mavericks and the San
11-14-14: The Indiana Pacers start to their 2014/2015 season did not start off the way the team had hoped as they lost four of their first five games to go 1-4 on the week. The Pacers started this week by hosting the Boston Celtics at home in a matchup of two teams that did not start their 2014/2015 seasons as planned. In the game Boston sent 14 different players to the court against Indiana and five Celtics players scored in double digits in the contest. Six members of the Pacers scored in double figures including 22 points from Roy Hibbert but the Boston attack of Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green were too much for Indiana as the Celtics went on to win the game by the score of 101-98. Indiana’s next contest came at home as the Pacers played host to the Washington Wizards in their next game. In the contest Indiana’s scoring attack was led by 28 points from Soloman Hill who led all scorers. Washington was led by 18 points from John Wall in a total team effort as five Wizards players scored in double figures in the contest to take down the Pacers by the score of 97-90. Indiana looked for much better results in their next contest as the team traveled to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz on the road. In the contest Roy Hibbert led all Pacers with 29 points while Lavoy Allen added a double-double for Indiana in a 97-86 victory over the Jazz. Utah was led by 30 points from Gordon Hayward and 18 points from Enes Kanter in the loss for the Jazz. Indiana finished the week by taking their talents to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat on the road. In the contest the Pacers were led by 17 points from Chris Copeland and a double-double from Roy Hibbert in an 81-75 victory over the Heat. Miami countered with 20 points from Dwayne Wade but the only other Heat player to score in double digits was Shawne Williams in the loss. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-6. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team hosts the Denver Nuggets at home before setting out on the road to play the Chicago Bulls. Indiana will finish their week off back at home hosting the Charlotte Hornets.
11-7-14: The Indiana Pacers started their 2014/2015 season off last week by hosting the Philadelphia 76ers in a
game that the Pacers easily improved their record to 1-0 on the season. With the 2014/2015 season
entering its first full week the Pacers continued their home schedule as they hosted the Memphis
Grizzlies. In Indiana Zach Randolph scored 22 points while Marc Gasol added 20 points while the Pacers
attack was led by 16 Chris Copeland points in a Pacers loss to the Grizzlies by the score of 97-89. Indiana
played their first road game of the season next as they traveled to the highlight factory to take on the
Atlanta Hawks. In the game Jeff Teague and Al Horford led the scoring attack for the Hawks as Atlanta
shot 51% from the field. Indiana was not as sharp in the contest as the team as a whole shot 38% from
the field while being led offensively by Chris Copeland’s 21 points on 7-16 shooting. In the end the
Pacers could not overcome their cold shooting hand as the Hawks went on to win the game by the score
of 102-92. Indiana looked to start a winning streak in their next contest as the team hosted the
Milwaukee Bucks at home. In the game Indiana was cold both from the field and from the free throw
line as the Pacers shot just 40% from the field and 59% from the stripe. Chris Copeland’s 19 points was
not enough for the Pacers as Indiana fell to Milwaukee by the score of 87-81. The Bucks shot just 45%
from the field in the contest but shot 86% from the free throw line to win the contest behind 23 points
from Brandon Knight. Indiana finished their week off by traveling to the great state of Washington to
take on the Washington Wizards. In the contest Donald Sloan led the Pacers attack with 31 points but
the Wizards John Wall matched him with his own 31 point outburst as this game went down to the wire.
Washington had a better supporting cast on the night with three other scorers in double figures while
Indiana only had two other players who scored in double digits. In the end the Pacers fell to the Wizards
in this contest by the score of 96-94. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an
overall record of 1-4. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team travels to Boston to take on the
Boston Celtics before returning home for a pair of games with the Washington Wizards and the Utah
Jazz. The Pacers will finish their week off by traveling back out on the road to take on the Miami Heat in
10-31-14: The Indiana Pacers tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Philadelphia 76ers at home after a mediocre 3-4 preseason. Indiana is a relative unknown this season after losing Paul George and Lance Stephenson. The Pacers captured a division title last year and some around the league wonder if the Pacers will even make the playoffs in the 2014/2015 after the losses of two key players. On the second day of free agency the Pacers did sign CJ Miles to essentially replace Stephenson after the guard rejected at least three contract offers from Indiana. Representatives for Stephenson pleaded with Indiana and Larry Bird to unload players such as Luis Scola and Donald Sloan to make room for Stephenson but ultimately he decided to sign with the Charlotte Hornets to join Michael Jordan’s team. The Pacers new look team hosted the 76ers to start the 2014/2015 season and made quick work of the “tanking” Sixers with a 103-91 victory to start their season. Indiana was led by Roy Hibbert’s 22 points in the contest as the team put to sleep the doubters at least for a night. Get your Pacers tickets for next week as the team hosts a pair of games with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks and travels for a pair of road games against the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards.
10-29-14: Despite parting ways with Lance Stephenson, and Paul George slated to miss significant time as he recovers from a leg injury suffered in the offseason, the Pacers have seen ticket prices increase on the secondary market. According to TicketIQ, the average secondary market price for Pacers tickets at home this season is $86.25, up 13.6% from last season’s average of $75.87. The Pacers will play their most expensive game of the season against the Cavaliers on February 6. The average price for that game is currently listed at $183.70, 112.9% above season average.
10-24-14: The Indiana Pacers finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season but looked erratic throughout the entire postseason. The team would ultimately fall to the Miami Heat in six games in the Conference Finals, but not before escaping with a narrow seven-game series win over the Hawks in the First Round and taking the Wizards to six games in the second round. The Pacers will also be without superstar Paul George for the majority of the season, who continues to rehab after suffering a compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg.
10-15-14: The Indiana Pacers have played three of their seven scheduled preseason games, kicking off their preseason schedule on Oct 7 with a 103-90 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves but have since suffered back to back losses to Orlando including a 106-98 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in their last outing. Next on the Indiana Pacers preseason schedule is a matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Cintas Center tonight with three remaining preseason games against Dallas, Minnesota, and Charlotte before the Pacers open their regular season at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct 29.
10-8-14: The Indiana Pacers kicked off their preseason last night with a win at home over the Minnesota Timberwolves as Indiana gets set to take on the Orlando Magic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 10. The Pacers will then travel to the American Airlines Arena to play the Dallas Mavericks on October 12. Other games on the Pacers preseason schedule include matchups with the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, with their final preseason game against the Hornets on October 23. The Pacers this year will be without Lance Stephenson and Paul George with the former loss to free agency and the latter loss to a serious leg injury, so it’s uncertain where the Pacers will end up in the Eastern Conference.
9-22-14: No one in the eastern conference had a worse offseason than the Indiana Pacers. First the Pacers did little to address the depth of their bench. Signing CJ Miles and Rodney Stuckey were okay moves but one of them will most likely be plugged in as a starter as they lost Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets for a price they could have easily countered. Also all-star and cornerstone of team Paul George will be out for the year after suffering a compound fracture in his leg during with Blue/White team USA scrimmage. Now the team is led by Roy Hibbert and an aging David West, it will not be a surprise if this team misses the playoffs altogether this season.
8-13-14: The Indiana Pacers lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to rival Miami Heat for the second straight season and heading into this off season there were many questions as to where the Pacers go from there. This biggest blow this offseason is obviously losing their star player Paul George who suffered a terrible fracture to his leg while participating in a Team USA showcase in Las Vegas that will put him out for the season. The Pacers organization also lost a key player in Lance Stephenson who opted to sign with the Charlotte Hornets, but were able to add some solid weapons with signings of Damjan Rudez, Shayne Whittington, C.J. Miles, and Rodney Stuckey.
6-9-14: Yet again, the Pacers just could not get by the Miami Heat in the playoffs. Frank Vogel, who noted how disappointing it was to lose to LeBron James’ squad three years in a row, will return for the 2014-15 season. Although media outlets continued to discuss Vogel’s wavering job security, the Indiana organization made the official decision soon after the Pacers dropped Game 6, 117-92. Paul George scored a game-high 29 points in that contest, but Lance Stephenson was more frustrating than helpful to the team. His attempts to distract LeBron were childish, but there is a chance that Stephenson can mature under Larry Bird’s tutelage.
6-2-14: The Pacers stayed alive with their strong performance in Wednesday’s home Game 5. After LeBron James outplayed Lance Stephenson and led the Heat to wins in Games 3 and 4, Paul George took charge in Game 5. He scored a game-high 37 points, including 21 points in the fourth quarter, and brought the Pacers their second win of the series. George played very well in the second half after Indiana had a difficult first half. The Pacers rallied from a double-digit deficit in Game 5 to defeat the Heat, 93-90, to bring the series to a Game 6 in Miami.
5-27-14: Even without Evan Turner, the Pacers played very well in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana led by 10 points at halftime and extended the lead in the third quarter. Paul George’s 24 points and Lance Stephenson’s game-high eight assists led the way for the Pacers that evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Turner, who was arguably the most important player acquired at the trade deadline, looks like he will not be a factor in this series. He was available in Game 2, but Frank Vogel decided not to play him as the Pacers fell, 87-83. However, Lance Stephenson did score a game-high 25 points.
5-19-14: After a difficult first two games at home, the Pacers put together a 3-1 record this past week to win the second-round series in six games. Indiana split Games 1 and 2 with the Washington Wizards, but the Pacers dominated Game 3. Paul George scored a game-high 23 points, and his team outscored the Wizards by 21 points in the second half in Washington. Then, in Game 4, the Pacers rallied from a 19-point deficit to win the contest to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Although the Pacers did not play well in Game 5, David West led Indiana to the series victory as he led all scorers with 29 points in Game 6.
5-12-14: The Pacers barely moved past the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. Indiana rode its strong defense to the 92-80 victory over the Hawks in Game 7 of the first-round series. Paul George put up a game-high 30 points in that contest as Indiana advanced to face the Washington Wizards in the second round. The Pacers have a great history against the Wizards, but struggled in the beginning of Game 1. The poor start prevented Indiana from winning that contest, but Roy Hibbert and the Pacers bounced back to tie the series with a four-point win in Game 2. Hibbert’s season-high 28 points led the way that night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
5-5-14: The Pacers found a way to get back into this series this past week. After losing two of the first three games to the Atlanta Hawks, Indiana took two of the next three contests to force a home Game 7. Interestingly, the Hawks have already won two games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this postseason after going 1-1 in the regular season in Indiana. Although Paul George scored only 12 points in Game 3, he bounced back to score 24 points in Game 4, a game-high 26 points in Game 5 and 24 points in Game 6. He keyed a 16-4 Pacers run to close out Game 6 as they won, 95-88.
4-28-14: There are quite a few problems with the Pacers in the first round. Although Larry Bird has tried to dispel rumors that Frank Vogel is coaching for his job, Indiana is still down, 2-1, in this series against the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. There was also a problem with Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner off the court. Before Game 1, they scuffled and reportedly threw punches. Although Stephenson and Turner shot efficiently in the first game of the series, the Pacers dropped that contest. Behind Paul George’s game-high 27 points, Indiana bounced back to win Game 2. However, Roy Hibbert continued to struggle as the Pacers lost Game 3 in Atlanta.
4-21-14: The Pacers struggled through the final couple of months of the regular season, but they still finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Indiana played without their stars in two of the team’s last four games of the season, but Paul George and company stepped up after their loss to the Miami Heat on Friday. The Pacers defeated the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, 102-97. In that contest, Lance Stephenson tallied his NBA-best fifth triple-double in the 2013-14 season. Even while resting his players, Frank Vogel was able to coach the Pacers to three wins in their last four games. They hope to continue their recent success in the playoffs.
4-16-14: Indiana Pacers playoff tickets average $161 on the secondary market, which is 7th in the eastern conference and 14th overall. The regular season average was $76, meaning there is a 112% premium on Pacers playoff tickets. The Pacers are currently locked in to the 1st seed in the conference and will face the Hawks in the opening round.
4-7-14: It is not looking like the Pacers will have a strong finish to the regular season. They had a subpar week, as they posted a 1-3 record. The three losses came in a row and were all by double digits. Indiana averaged 77 points per game in the three losses and fell to the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs. On Wednesday, the Pacers finally stopped their horrendous stretch with a victory. Paul George scored a game-high 27 points in the Pacers’ 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons. However, the Pacers still might not be able to beat out the Miami Heat for the first spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
4-1-14: Unfortunately, the Pacers’ week did not start so well. Andrew Bynum is now out indefinitely with continued soreness and swelling in his right knee. Paul George made Pacers fans feel much better on Friday evening as he triple-doubled Indiana to the 91-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers had a tremendous 19-0 run in the third quarter to help widen their gap in the Central Division. However, Indiana did not have that many successful runs in the next two contests. The Pacers lost both of their games on their road trip, but bounced back to beat the Miami Heat by one point on Wednesday.
3-24-14: After having a difficult beginning to March, the Pacers have gone back to their winning ways. On Friday, they kept the Philadelphia 76ers’ losing streak going. Lance Stephenson’s double-double, including his game-high 12 rebounds, helped him get out of his mini slump and led Indiana to the seven-point win. Then, the next night, the Pacers rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons in overtime, 112-104. On Monday, the Pacers got their 50th win of the season with another victory over the 76ers. However, Wednesday did not go as well for Indiana. Iman Shumpert played strong defense against Paul George in the 92-86 New York Knicks win over the Pacers.
3-17-14: The Pacers finally stopped their season-long losing streak, but they sure have struggled without C.J. Watson this season. He missed all three games this past week, and they won just one of the contests. Indiana traveled from Charlotte to Texas to take on the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. The Pacers fell to the Rockets on Friday, 112-86. Then on Sunday, although Paul George put up a game-high 27 points, Indiana dropped the game to the Mavericks by 11 points. However, when the Pacers returned home for Tuesday’s game, it was a happy night. Not only did they beat the Boston Celtics by double digits, but Andrew Bynum also made his Pacers debut and almost double-doubled in the process.
3-10-14: The Pacers’ week started very well, but they finished it poorly. Indiana played two back-to-back sets: the team swept the first and was swept in the second. Frank Vogel’s squad traveled to Boston on Saturday and won a hard-fought game, 102-97. Then on Sunday, the Pacers hosted the Utah Jazz and with their 94-91 victory, they improved their NBA-best record to 46-13. David West scored a game-high 25 points in that contest. However, Indiana then dropped games to the Golden State Warriors and to the Charlotte Bobcats. Even with those losses, the Pacers became the first NBA team to clinch a playoff spot this season.
3-3-14: Despite efforts from the Jazz to keep it a close game, the Pacers pulled away in the final minutes of the 4th quarter to gain their 5th straight win Sunday night, 94-91. David West led Indiana in scoring, with 25 in 33 minutes. Gordon Hayword was the high man for the Jazz, with 21. The Pacers currently hold a 2.5 game lead over Miami for the top spot in the East.
3-2-14: The Pacers had an easy schedule this past week, and they took advantage of it to go 3-0. On Saturday at Milwaukee, Paul George scored a game-high 32 points in the Pacers’ 110-100 victory over the Bucks. Then on Tuesday, Indiana returned home for a quick, two-game homestand. The Los Angeles Lakers entered the Bankers Life Fieldhouse and were destroyed. Evan Turner made his Pacers debut and scored 13 points to help his new team win by 20 points. With that victory, Frank Vogel’s squad moved to 30 games above .500. Although George Hill left Thursday’s game in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder injury, the Pacers got the best of the Bucks again and won, 101-96.
2-24-14: Paul George, who captained the Eastern Conference for the All-Star Saturday festivities, was a part of the victorious dunk contest team with John Wall and Terrence Ross. He then started and scored 18 points in the All-Star game as he helped his conference get the win. Roy Hibbert came off the bench for Frank Vogel’s Eastern Conference squad and scored eight points. Afterwards, the Pacers played two games and made a deal right at the trade deadline. Indiana split its back-to-back set by defeating the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. On the following day, the Pacers acquired Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen in exchange for long-time Pacer Danny Granger and a second-round pick.
2-21-14: In undoubtably the biggest
move at the NBA trade deadline; The Pacers have acquired guard Evan Turner and forward LaVoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the expiring contract of Danny Granger and a 2nd round pick. Turner has averaged 17.4 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists this season.
2-18-14: Although the Pacers played three of their four games this past week at home, they had a frustrating 2-2 record. However, their first game was an impressive one. Behind George Hill’s career-high 37 points, Indiana fought hard to successfully make a comeback against the Portland Trail Blazers. Even without Lance Stephenson, the Pacers moved their league-best record to 15-7 when trailing at halftime this season. On Sunday, Indiana let another team be the comeback kings. In Orlando, the Magic outscored the Pacers by 11 points in the fourth quarter to win, 93-92. Frank Vogel’s squad quickly bounced back to blow out the Denver Nuggets the next day. The Pacers’ success was short-lived as they fell by eight points to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
2-10-14: The Pacers started their fantastic week by officially signing Andrew Bynum to a $1 million contract for the rest of the season. The day was made even better as Indiana edged the Brooklyn Nets, 97-96. A few nights later, the Pacers played a back-to-back set as they hosted the Orlando Magic and then faced the Hawks in Atlanta. On Monday, Indiana’s group effort as well as the team’s 18-1 second-half run led the Pacers to a 19-point victory over the Magic. Tuesday’s game was another win for the Pacers, but there were some causes for concern. First, they committed a season-high 14 turnovers in the first half. Second, Lance Stephenson left the game with a back injury after he took a hard fall. The Pacers hope to get him back within the next few games.
2-4-14: The Pacers did not have an especially difficult schedule this past week, but they did have to face four Western Conference opponents. They finished their five-game road trip with a 3-2 record. On Friday at Sacramento, Paul George dropped a team-high 36 points and Lance Stephenson contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Pacers defeated the Kings in overtime. Although Indiana fell to the Nuggets in Denver on Saturday, Stephenson’s career-high 14 boards helped the Pacers get a double-digit win against the Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday. Thursday was a fantastic night for Stephenson even though he was not selected as an all-star. The Suns might have beaten the Pacers, but Stephenson registered his league-leading fourth triple-double of the season.
1-27-14: The Pacers finished their homestand with a perfect 4-0 record as they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by 14 points. In that game, Paul George scored a game-high 36 points and had his most efficient shooting night of the season. That performance helped George get Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. Then, with a win at Golden State, the Pacers pushed their record to an NBA-best 33-7 and became the first team this season to have multiple four-game streaks of winning games by double digits. However, Indiana’s winning streak was halted with a 24-point loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Pacers hope that this game was just a speed bump on the way to a championship.
1-20-14: It is just getting too easy for the Pacers at home. After wins over the Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks in Indiana this past week, the Pacers have won each of their last nine games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. On Thursday, Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 28 points in the Pacers’ 28-point win over the Knicks. With this type of dominance at home, it will be important for Frank Vogel’s squad to get home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. As of right now, they are on pace to do just that. As opposed to last season when they fell in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami, the Pacers are looking like they will be hosting that game this time around.
1-7-14: The Pacers had a solid 2-1 week, but did drop a game to an Eastern Conference foe. Indiana defeated the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers by a combined 29 points. Paul George scored a game-high 24 points on Saturday against the Nets and then led all scorers with 21 on Tuesday. With those victories, the Pacers pushed their home record to an NBA-best 15-1 this season. However, they then traveled to Toronto and lost to the Raptors by double-digits. Indiana now stands at 5-4 this season on the second night of back-to-backs. Fortunately for the Pacers, there are no back-to-back games in the playoffs.
12-30-13: The Pacers rebounded from their first two-game losing streak of the season to win their three games this past week by a combined 77 points. They blew out the Houston Rockets on Friday, 114-81, and then the Boston Celtics two days later by the score of 106-79. In doing so, Indiana became just the second team this season to win consecutive games by at least 25 points. In the huge victory over the Celtics, Lance Stephenson registered his third career triple-double. All three of his have come this season, and he leads the league in that category. Stephenson followed up his strong performance against Boston by scoring a career-high 26 points in a 17-point win over the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.
12-22-13: In all of November, the Pacers lost just one game, and it was in Chicago against a healthy Bulls team. However, the month of December is not even over yet, and Indiana’s basketball team has encountered four losses, including ones to the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat this past week. The Pistons defeated the Pacers on Monday in Indiana, marking the first time Frank Vogel’s squad has lost at home in 2013-14. Nevertheless, the Pacers still own the Eastern Conference’s best record at 20-5. In addition, the rich continue to get richer as Danny Granger plans to make his season debut on Friday against the Houston Rockets.