The Indiana Pacers played one of their best first quarters of the season, dominating the paint and effectively shutting the Houston Rockets down, winning out 35-19, led by Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough. In the second quarter, however, it was Greg Smith and Thomas Robinson who helped surge a Rockets comeback. The Pacers led by as many as 19 and the Rockets were able to draw as close as six, but a Lance Stephenson three point play to close the half gives Indiana the nine point advantage.
Roy Hibbert leads Indiana with 17 points and nine rebounds, getting help from Tyler Hansbrough and Lance Stephenson, who each have 12. For the Rockets, all eight of their offensive rebounds have come from Smith and Robinson, who are each in double figures, including a 13 & 11 double double for Greg Smith. Paul George is 0-4 from the floor, but has done his job limiting James Harden to 1-10 shooting.