NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Indiana|
(Saturday, January 4th)
Final Score: Indiana 99, New Orleans 82
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul George amassed 24 points and 10
rebounds as the Indiana Pacers overcame a slow start to cruise to a 99-82
victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Lance Stephenson scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting to help the Pacers
bounce back from Wednesday's 95-82 loss at Toronto and improve to 16-1 at home
this season. Danny Granger had his most productive game since returning from a
calf injury in the triumph, dropping in 13 points in nearly 21 minutes off the
"We did a good job on defense, running on the break and playing together,"
Playing without leading scorer Ryan Anderson, New Orleans managed just 33
points over the final two quarters and saw an early 14-point lead evaporate.
Eric Gordon finished with 21 points in the loss, with Alexis Ajinca adding 17
points and Tyreke Evans 12 for the Pelicans.
Anderson was not with the team after spending the night in a Boston hospital
after suffering a cervical stinger during Friday's win over the Celtics.
New Orleans performed just fine without Anderson's services early on, with
Gordon netting six points during a 12-0 first-quarter run that staked the
Pelicans to a 27-13 lead 10 minutes into the contest. The Pacers trailed 38-25
nearing the midway mark of the second quarter, but bounced back strongly to
dominate the rest of the way.
Granger was fouled while burying a 3-pointer and sank the resulting bonus
shot, igniting a 15-6 surge that cut the deficit to four with 2:34 left in the
half. Indiana went into the break down 49-44 after Stephenson drove the lane
and scored with 39.8 seconds to go.
The Pacers went ahead to stay by putting together an 18-0 tear during the
third quarter. Stephenson's layup halfway through the period gave Indiana a
one-point edge, and George Hill capped the pivotal flurry with a triple that
increased the margin to 70-57 with two minutes left in the frame.
Indiana outscored the Pelicans 30-12 for the stanza, shooting 69 percent from
the field while holding New Orleans to a 4-of-16 success rate to carry a
74-61 advantage into the fourth.
"When we're playing defense, that's when our offense comes around," said
George. "George [Hill] battled [Gordon] to start the half off, and just the
energy and being involved in plays on the defensive end gets you in a groove
offensively and that was the case."
The Pelicans continued to struggle offensively during the final quarter, with
the Pacers stretching the lead to 22 points after Granger and George each
drained treys during a 6-1 sequence that made the score 94-72 with five
"I think (the Pacers) picked up their energy a little bit," said Pelicans head
coach Monty Williams. "It was a lesson for our guys. They just picked up and
we did not."
Indiana scored 27 points off 17 New Orleans turnovers, 10 of which occurred in
the second half ... The Pacers have now won six straight meetings between the
clubs, including a 95-90 decision in New Orleans on Oct. 30 behind 32 points
from George ... Gordon, an Indianapolis native, faced the Pacers in his home
city for the first time since Nov. 18, 2010 while then a member of the Los
Angeles Clippers ... The Pacers recalled rookie forward Solomon Hill from Fort
Wayne of the D-League prior to the game.
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