Pacers Links: Pacers off to play Hornets after putting away Cavaliers

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers have a chance to spread some holiday cheer with back-to-back wins before three days of around Christmas.

The Indiana Pacers used a balanced attack and a strong second half, with six players in double figures including all five starters, to take care of business against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

This morning the Pacers jet off to New Orleans for a game against the Hornets before getting a chance to rest around Christmas day with three full days off. Before the rest they need to focus on finishing off the Hornets without getting caught looking ahead and putting up a clunker. The trap is set, hopefully they can avoid it.

There were some nice second half revelations from the Pacers last night. Lance Stephenson was simply marvelous, making plays at BOTH ends of the floor and remaining in full control while still adding some trademark flair. This could get really fun with more consistent nights like that from Stephenson.

Also, Paul George had a horrid start to the game and even started deferring shots and plays, but then snapped out of it to find other ways to impact the game. His two-steal, four-point run in the second half really helped the Pacers seize control of the game and his five second-half steals helped deodorize the five turnovers and general poor play in the first half. Another nice sign of growth from the young fella.

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