INDIANAPOLIS — Returning home from a meltdown in New York that cost the Indiana Pacers a much-needed victory, it was obvious a change needed to be made. After Wednesday night’s dominating victory over the Charlotte Hornets, it appears the Pacers are trending back in the right direction.
Paul George dominated the action from start to finish in his best game of the year, scoring a season-high 39 points on 15-of-21 shooting from the field, and Indiana pulled away from the Hornets late to post a 98-77 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The victory marks the 12th consecutive game that Indiana has fallen into the pattern of alternating wins and losses, unable to gain any traction in their quest to improve their playoff seeding.
“We needed a win, man,” Myles Turner said afterward,” for ourselves, for the city, for the organization and really for our confidence.”
After the game, Paul George also mentioned that the team had a long conversation on the plane ride home from New York last night, one that seemed to help tonight.
“We had a great talk on the plane,” he said. “We were forced to. We had a really good talk and I kind of felt we needed that a lot sooner.”
George also indicated that the talks were encouraged by veteran guard Aaron Brooks and dealt with their communication.
“What we took away from it was guys miscommunicating, not knowing, and unsure of what other guys were feeling.”
27 of George’s 39 points came in the second half as the Pacers began to pull away. Charlotte was able to get within ten points with 8:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Indiana used a 17-2 run to put the game away for good.
Point guard Jeff Teague also discussed the role he believes he has in helping the Pacers going forward.
“For us to be good, I think I have to be more vocal and more outgoing. Guys told me that last night.”
Teague posted a solid game, scoring eight points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing 11 assists.
The win brings Indiana to 35-33 on the season, still good for sixth-place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Pacers are now off until Sunday when they will travel north to battle the Toronto Raptors.
Austin Miller is the Indiana Pacers beat reporter for the Indiana Sports Report and student at Butler University and is recognized as an accredited member of the media and has full media access. Follow @MillerTimeXII and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter for Pacers coverage all season long.
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