The Indiana Pacers righted the ship on Wednesday after two consecutive losses at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
After the pesky Charlotte Bobcats came out firing in the first quarter, the Pacers were able to overwhelm the visitors and hold them to 48 points over the final three quarters of play. The Pacers were rolling at the offensive end in the second half as well to leave a nice final impression before dispersing for the All-Star break.
My kids were at the game and remarked at how many dunks the Pacers had in the game. Indeed, the Pacers made 24 of their 41 field goals at the rim. While there were a few patented Hansbrough/Hibbert volleyball possessions at the rim, there were also plenty of clean, rim rattling finishes.
With David West missing the game due to an eye injury, Charlotte proved to be the perfect foe to set the Pacers straight heading into the break. West's absence also allowed Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Pendergraph to flash their worth on the floor by combining to more than fill the void.
Following the game, the Pacers appeared relaxed and excited like students released on the day before Spring Break begins. After reaching the All-Star break with a 32-21 record and third place standing, the Pacers earned the right to exhale and enjoy the moment for a night.
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