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Paul George amassed 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers overcame a slow start to cruise to a 99-82 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Lance Stephenson scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting to help the Pacers bounce back from Wednesday’s 95-82 loss at Toronto and improve to 16-1 at home this season. Danny Granger had his most productive game since returning from a calf injury in the triumph, dropping in 13 points in nearly 21 minutes off the bench.

“We did a good job on defense, running on the break and playing together,” said Stephenson.

Playing without leading scorer Ryan Anderson, New Orleans managed just 33 points over the final two quarters and saw an early 14-point lead evaporate.

Eric Gordon finished with 21 points in the loss, with Alexis Ajinca adding 17 points and Tyreke Evans 12 for the Pelicans.

Anderson was not with the team after spending the night in a Boston hospital after suffering a cervical stinger during Friday’s win over the Celtics.

New Orleans performed just fine without Anderson’s services early on, with Gordon netting six points during a 12-0 first-quarter run that staked the Pelicans to a 27-13 lead 10 minutes into the contest. The Pacers trailed 38-25 nearing the midway mark of the second quarter, but bounced back strongly to dominate the rest of the way.

Granger was fouled while burying a 3-pointer and sank the resulting bonus shot, igniting a 15-6 surge that cut the deficit to four with 2:34 left in the half. Indiana went into the break down 49-44 after Stephenson drove the lane and scored with 39.8 seconds to go.

The Pacers went ahead to stay by putting together an 18-0 tear during the third quarter. Stephenson’s layup halfway through the period gave Indiana a one-point edge, and George Hill capped the pivotal flurry with a triple that increased the margin to 70-57 with two minutes left in the frame.

Indiana outscored the Pelicans 30-12 for the stanza, shooting 69 percent from the field while holding New Orleans to a 4-of-16 success rate to carry a 74-61 advantage into the fourth.

“When we’re playing defense, that’s when our offense comes around,” said George. “George [Hill] battled [Gordon] to start the half off, and just the energy and being involved in plays on the defensive end gets you in a groove offensively and that was the case.”

The Pelicans continued to struggle offensively during the final quarter, with the Pacers stretching the lead to 22 points after Granger and George each drained treys during a 6-1 sequence that made the score 94-72 with five minutes left.

“I think (the Pacers) picked up their energy a little bit,” said Pelicans head coach Monty Williams. “It was a lesson for our guys. They just picked up and we did not.”

Notes: Indiana scored 27 points off 17 New Orleans turnovers, 10 of which occurred in the second half … The Pacers have now won six straight meetings between the clubs, including a 95-90 decision in New Orleans on Oct. 30 behind 32 points from George … Gordon, an Indianapolis native, faced the Pacers in his home city for the first time since Nov. 18, 2010 while then a member of the Los Angeles Clippers … The Pacers recalled rookie forward Solomon Hill from Fort Wayne of the D-League prior to the game.


Team 1 2 3 4 Score
New Orleans 27 22 12 21 82
Indiana 15 29 30 25 99
Officials:  Rodney Mott, John Goble, Haywoode Workman Attendance:  18165
Time Of Game: 2:08
Stats: Final
New Orleans MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
A.Aminu 28:29 4 8 0 1 0 0 0 4 4 3 4 1 3 1 8
A.Davis 34:01 4 12 0 0 2 4 0 8 8 0 4 1 2 3 10
A.Ajinca 31:30 5 7 0 0 7 10 3 4 7 1 2 1 2 1 17
E.Gordon 38:43 9 16 3 5 0 0 2 4 6 2 0 0 4 0 21
J.Holiday 33:36 4 9 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 7 2 3 3 0 8
G.Stiemsma 20:37 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 3 1 0 1 0
T.Evans 25:34 3 9 0 1 6 7 0 2 2 1 2 2 3 0 12
D.Miller 9:17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
B.Roberts 14:24 2 5 0 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6
J.Withey 3:49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
R.Anderson DNP – Coach’s Decision
A.Morrow DNP – Coach’s Decision
A.Rivers DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 31 68 3 9 17 26 5 28 33 15 18 9 17 6 82
PERCENTAGES FG: 45.6% 3PT: 33.3% FT: 65.4% TEAM REB: 11 TOTAL TO: 17
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.George 36:42 8 24 2 9 6 7 3 7 10 5 2 2 1 0 24
D.West 29:26 4 8 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 5 4 1 2 2 8
R.Hibbert 33:35 2 7 0 0 2 4 3 5 8 2 3 0 3 5 6
L.Stephenson 36:14 8 12 0 1 3 4 2 4 6 4 2 1 4 0 19
G.Hill 31:10 4 9 2 6 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 1 10
D.Granger 20:32 4 7 2 4 3 3 1 4 5 1 0 1 1 0 13
L.Scola 17:18 4 7 0 0 0 0 2 7 9 0 2 0 4 0 8
C.Watson 16:50 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 6
I.Mahinmi 14:25 1 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 2
R.Butler 1:16 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
O.Johnson 1:16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
D.Sloan 1:16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C.Copeland DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 39 83 7 22 14 19 14 31 45 20 23 5 15 9 99
PERCENTAGES FG: 47% 3PT: 31.8% FT: 73.7% TEAM REB: 6 TOTAL TO: 15
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
New Orleans 12
Indiana 27
TECHNICALS: New Orleans 3, Indiana 0
New Orleans: Assistant Coach Dave Hanners, A.Davis, J.Holiday

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