Frank Vogel got tossed. George Hill got hot. And Jeff Pendergraph went off...on defense.
Yep, just what you'd expect from your run of the mill late-season matchup between the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pacers alarming play of late returned for three quarters with a clank-filled offensive effort that left the Pacers grinding their gears once again.
But after watching their own big leads melt away in the fourth quarter far too often this season, the Pacers were well aware they could turn the tables on the Cavs and they ended up flipping over the table and running off with the win after winning the fourth quarter, 35-10.
While enduring his third tough matchup in a row against against Kyrie Irving (after Russell Westrbook and John Wall), George Hill came up big with 27 points and zero turnovers, including a huge three-point play late in the game to give the Pacers the lead.
The other big break through came with Hill found Paul George in the left corner for a three-ball to put the Pacers back in front with less than a minute to play. PG came up big after having another horrid shooting night that has been a big reason the Pacers overall offense has struggled.
On the surface, despite the comeback, the win wasn't that meaningful for the Pacers. But if they can build on this and continue playing like they did in the fourth quarter, with Paul George finding his stroke, then this win will not only be meaningful, but a huge step toward prepping for the playoffs. Check back on Friday when the Pacers host the Brooklyn Nets.
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