Pacers Links: Rally past Pelicans shows growth of Pacers

Chris Graythen

The Pacers found a way to stay in the game and lean on their experience to get past the Pelicans.

Part of the Pacers residing among the elite teams in the NBA is pulling out wins on the road the way they did on Wednesday night in New Orleans.

How many times did we see a similar situation play out the other as the Pacers went through the painful rebuilding process? Remember those games when the Pacers would look dominant through three quarters only to finish with a whimper as a more experienced team would swoop in and swipe the W?

The Pelicans have a ton of young talent to be excited about (Seriously, Anthony Davis and those one-step, 18-foot drives to the hoop were ridiculous. No Euro step. No crab dribble. Just a bounce and by you. Wow!) and they played well enough to win but just couldn't close the deal. When the experienced Pacers sensed the 'Cans' weakness, the boys in blue seized the opportunity down the stretch to find a way to win.

The Pacers upgraded a 'pretenders' effort to a 'contenders' status by closing out the Pelicans like champs. Even sweeter, the Heat dumped a road game in Phlly which is like two losses in the East. Every game, win or lose, is critical to the battle for home-court advantage.

Check out the links:

Pacers at Pelicans - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 95, Pelicans 90 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Recap: George, Hill lead Pacers past Pelicans 95-90 - AP

Indiana Pacers rally to beat Pelicans 95-90 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

New Orleans Pelicans lose opener to Indiana Pacers, 95-90 | NOLA.com

Pacers rally past Pelicans in home opener | Pelicans | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

Pacers Opener Scores Big Rating on FOX Sports Indiana | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pelicans Outpaced by Indiana in the Fourth - The Bird Writes

Pacers notes: New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon feels strong | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Pacers show maturity in come-from-behind win over New Orleans - 1070 The Fan

First Thoughts: Pacers-Pelicans - Indy Sports Legends

Early Season Returns: Paul George’s Improved Ballhandling | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Above the Rim podcasts: Larry, Reggie and Nate

New Orleans Pelicans introduce new mascot 'Pierre' as part of rebranding effort | The Point Forward - SI.com

Indiana Pacers schedule 2013: Fighting the Heat, Nets and Bulls for the East - SBNation.com

Paul George Buys Every Unsold Ticket to Fresno State's Home Opener | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Derrick Rose and Chicago Bulls have much to learn if they are to knock off the Miami Heat - ESPN Chicago

Recap: Suns blast Blazers, 104-91, behind Dragic, Bledsoe and Plumlee - Bright Side Of The Sun

Michael Carter-Williams Dominates as Sixers Win Over LeBron James, Miami Heat - Liberty Ballers

Allen Iverson: "I’m formally announcing my retirement from basketball" | ProBasketballTalk

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