It seemed like the Pacers were shot out of a cannon to start this one. They dominated the 1st leading 35-20 after one. The Hornets made a run in the 2nd quarter cutting the Pacers lead to 7 at the halftime break. The 3rd quarter was all Pacers again and they led by 14 heading into the final quarter. It seemed like the Pacers would lead by about 10 points the whole time and get away with the win in Charlotte. The Hornets would go on to have a dominate 4th quarter to push the game into overtime. Bismack Biyombo gave the Hornets a huge spark off the bench and they would go on to win this one 120-122, ending the Pacers three game winning streak. The Pacers got some questionable calls late from the officials. Brogdon and Warren were both great for Indiana. Brogdon finished with 31 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Warren led the Pacers in scoring with 33 points, missing only three of his eighteen shots. Devonte Graham led the Hornets off the bench. He finished with a game high 35 points.
FINAL: Pacers: 120 Hornets: 122
Game 8: Pacers (3-4) vs. Wizards (2-4)
This game marked the 20th anniversary of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Domantas Sabonis was back in the starting lineup after missing the last few games. Aaron Holiday made his first start of the season due to Jeremy Lamb missing the game with an injury. After a back and forth 1st quarter the two teams were tied at 26. It was all Pacers after that. They won the next three quarters including an impressive 2nd quarter where they scored 44 points. The Pacers won by a final score of 121-106. T.J. Warren led the Pacers in scoring for the second straight game. He had 21 points. Bradley Beal led all scorers for the Wizards with 30 points. With the win the Pacers record at home improves to 3-1.
FINAL: Pacers 121 Wizards: 106
Game 9: Pacers (4-4) vs. Pistons (4-5)
This was already the third time the Pacers and Pistons would meet this season. The Pacers lost the previous two games, 110-119 and 94-96. The way this game started it seemed the Pacers would suffer a similar fate. They struggled to guard Andre Drummond and Luke Kennard, and trailed 27-35 at the end of the 1st. The Pacers’ bench led them back in this one. They won the 2nd and 3rd quarters by 21 points. A strong 4th quarter wasn’t enough for the Pistons as the Pacers would get their first win over Detroit this season. Aaron Holiday and JaKarr Sampson were both in the starting lineup again due to the injuries of Myles Turner and Jeremy Lamb. The bench had three guys score in double figures. Doug McDermott had 14, Justin Holiday scored 16, and TJ McConnell had a team high 17. TJ Warren and Domantas Sabonis also scored 17. Luke Kennard led the Pistons and all scorers with 29 points.
FINAL: Pacers: 112 Detroit: 106
Game 10: Pacers (5-4) at Magic (3-6)
Once again the Pacers got off to a slow start. Through the Pacers first 10 games this seems to be a common theme. They were beat in both of the first two quarters and trailed 51-60 at halftime. The second half looked a lot different for Indiana. They came out of the halftime break and scored 13 straight to regain the lead. The Pacers never looked back after that. They would win both of the quarters in the second half and go on to win by a final score of 109-102. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers in scoring and rebounding, finishing with an impressive 21 points and 16 rebounds. Doug McDermott seems to have found his shooting stroke. He finished the game with 18 points, making seven of his thirteen shots. With this win the Pacers have won six of their last seven games.
Final: Pacers 109 Magic: 102
This Week For The Pacers:
Tuesday November 12th – vs. Oklahoma City
Friday November 15th – at Houston
Saturday November 16th – vs. Milwaukee