Paul George scores 24, Pacers blow out Rockets
The Indiana Pacers shot lights out, finishing 43-81 (53.1%) from the field, including 12-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc, to cruise past the Houston Rockets, 114-81. Indiana (21-5) gets one in the win column after losing to Miami on Wednesday.
Paul George scored 24 points on 7-16 shooting from the field (3-7 from behind the arc) and 7-8 from the free throw line. He added 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals also. Other key players for Indiana included Lance Stephenson with 16 points and 6 rebounds, Luis Scola with 13 points and 6 rebounds, and David West with 12 points and 7 rebounds. On 9-16 shooting, Dwight Howard put up 19 points for Houston in the loss. He also registered 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Terrence Jones contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds.
In a matchup of strength versus strength, the Rockets offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Pacers defense that ranks best in the NBA at forcing misses (44.8% opponents' eFG%). Despite finishing with an eFG% of 40.5% in this game, they rank third in the NBA in that metric at 53.1% this season. The Pacers combined an eFG% of 60.5% with 46.2% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (3-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Rockets, on the other hand, are winless (0-3) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Houston (17-10) couldn't get consecutive victories after beating Chicago on Wednesday.
Coming up next, the Pacers take on the Boston Celtics, who are 12-15 on the year. The Rockets match up against the Detroit Pistons, currently 13-15 this season. The Pacers have a 1-0 record against Boston this season.