See, I told you the Pacers would bounce back.
After failing in to chances earlier on in the season, the Indiana Pacers finally got one against the Milwaukee Bucks. This home win came just after the Pacers got smashed in Boston, so it must be a good feeling, though I doubt they will celebrate too much considering they next face the Heat and the Knicks.
Tonight was Roy Hibbert's night. He put up his best performance of the season with a dominant 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks, shooting 50% from the floor. The most impressive stat? The fact that 11 of the 15 rebounds were on the offensive end.
George Hill returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with injury and played well, putting up 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Lance Stephenson and David West added 10 points apiece. Paul George finally fell down to earth a little by scoring only 8 points, the second game in a row where he has failed to break double digits after putting together a string of 15 consecutive dougle-digit scoring games. He and David West (who is shooting 25% the last three games) are kinda in a slump right now, which is not good considering they have been the two best players for the Pacers so far this season. Fortunately, the rest of the team has stepped up.
Right now, the Pacers are 20-14 and not looking too bad. The rest of January is going to be pretty tough though, with two road trips of 3 and 4 games coming up and just a single home game against Houston in between them. If they can weather the storm, February will be a lot better, with 9 home games against just 2 road games.