Photo credit: Frank McGrath, Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers hosted the Indiana Jazz, I mean the Utah Jazz, Monday.
Hometown products George Hill (Broad Ripple, IUPUI) Gordon Hayward (Brownsburg, Butler) and Trey Lyles (Arsenal Tech) all made appearances in the March 20 game against the Pacers.
Hill and Hayward both received positive ovations as public address announcer Michael Grady read off their names during the starting lineup introductions.
Hayward didn’t waste any time going to work as he set a career high with 38 points. Hill added in 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. Paul George struggled all night until it was time to put the game away. George went 6-20 from the field and only had four points well into the third.
Someone seemed to wake the sleeping dragon so to speak because PG-13 hit shots when they counted. George’s last five points were huge as Utah attempted to tie the game late. George had the ball in the final seconds against Hayward and this happened
George would finish with 19 points and eight rebounds but Jeff Teague was the team’s backbone with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Since Feb. 16, the Pacers have traded wins and losses back and forth going 7-7 in the past 14 games. With a trip to the current no. 2 seed Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the streak very well could continue as the Pacers have yet to beat the Celtics.
The Pacers sit at the no. 6 seed as of March 21 and would be slated to face the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.