The Pacers put it all together on Tuesday to make things easy in the first games of a back-to-back.
So what, you say?
Well, consider that the Pacers haven't scored 100 points in a win since they beat the Utah Jazz 104-84 on Dec. 19th. Since that time the Pacers scored 100 points one other time in a 109-100 loss to Atlanta. Fortunately, thanks to the Pacers league-leading defense, Atlanta is the only team to score 100 points on the P's since Oklahoma City on Dec. 9th.
Indiana is taking great pride in leaning on their defense to stymie other clubs. In fact, after the starting unit put the Bobcats away in the third quarter on Tuesday, they implored the reserves to keep it up in the fourth quarter and hold Charlotte under 80 points. Roy Hibbert offered $100 each to the five guys finishing the game if they held down Charlotte, so he after the game he was happy to hit an ATM to pay off his incentive.
The Pacers regular playing rotation also appeared as healthy as they have been in a few weeks. Combine that with the light workload on Tuesday and the Pacers should be in good shape for the back half of their back-to-back with the Orlando Magic tonight.
Among the links today is a great piece by Zach Lowe breaking down how impressive the Pacers defense has been this year and how they are doing it on a consistent basis. He also cautions that the Pacers still won't go far in the playoffs unless they improve the offense. Fantastic read.
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