The Indiana Pacers' tried and true formula of "shut 'em down in the second half" was on full display in tonight's win against the Boston Celtics, outscoring Boston 55-32 in the half, including limiting Boston to eight third quarter points. Indiana came in against a Boston team that shot the lights out in the first half, shooting 59% and scoring 50 points, 26 in the paint. They were led by Jordan Crawford, who was a perfect 8-8 and scored 19 of his team high 24 in the first half.
But the Indiana defense came alive in the second half, forced the Celtics into 16 second half turnovers and just 10 points in the paint. Paul George came alive in the second half to score a game high 27, 22 of them coming in the second half. Lance Stephenson returned to triple-double status with a 10 point, 11 rebound, 10 assist effort. David West had 17 points and eight rebounds. Luis Scola led the bench attack with 17.