Pacers smash shorthanded Bucks extend unbeaten start to 9-0

Not much to say here. The Bucks were shorthanded with only 7 or 8 guys available to play, and they've been struggling. The Pacers, apart from missing Danny Granger, appear healthy and are on a tear. And they were playing at home after a 3-day rest. The result was a 104-77 laugher which the Pacers should have expected.

Roy Hibbert had his best game of the season with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks. He's become pretty much a matchup scorer — if he can exploit whoever is guarding him the ball will go to him; if not, he'll just play D. I'm sure Roy and the Pacers can live with that.

Paul George had 22 points to extend his streak of 20+ games to open the season to 9. He's become Mr Second Half, or Mr Third Quarter, to be more precise. He just seems to get it going after the half.

On the whole, a good win, but nothing to get overly excited about. The Pacers will face the Bulls tomorrow night in Chicago and it will be their biggest test of the season, with or without Derrick Rose. The streak is going to come to an end soon, and it might as well be against a powerhouse team like the Bulls, though it would be great if they could just extend it a little longer.

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