Pacers Links: Pacers maintain home dominance with win over Rockets

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Paul George rose to the challenge to defend James Harden and help lift the Pacers to another home win. After winning their 11th consecutive game at home can the Pacers take that effort on the road?

The Indiana Pacers passed another home test with flying colors when Paul George outplayed James Harden and led the way to a win over the Houston Rockets. Paul George seemed to be everywhere on the court, scoring 31 points and stepping in the passing lanes for five steals.

Oh, and they made shots.

PG knocked down seven of 10 three pointers while David West flirted with another triple double. Great offense and great defense combined to send the Pacers on the road for their next four games with a winning feeling. Frank Vogel was boasting about his team's defensive effort to hold Houston below their season averages in points, free throws and shooting percentage.

So how do they take the effort they've been able to deliver at both ends of the floor in the Fieldhouse on the road? It all comes back to making those shots. After the game Vogel addressed the topic by saying he knows defense travels, so they need to find a way to execute on the offensive end while in different gyms.

Paul George hopes his team can stay together on the road and continue to grind away offensively, sharing the ball and eventually get some shots to fall.

"We're not making shots at a high enough level on the road," George said. "We're getting great looks but we're just not finishing on the road."

Next week would be a great time to take their road game to another level and George expressed confidence that his team will get their confidence going on the road to spark the offense. He also joked that they have to or they'll be in trouble in the playoffs because they probably won't have home court advantage which would force them to play more games on the ACK! road.

The Pacers hit the midway point of the season with a 25-16 record after a slow start in the first couple of weeks. In the last 30 games the Pacers are 21-9 and off to Memphis for an afternoon game on Monday against the Grizzlies.

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