West’ first triple double career powered  Pacers to a win 96-88 vs Bobcats

Playing without their best offensive player , Paul George , Indiana was looking for offensives answers.

Indeed, their low-scoring game 98 vs hopeless Charlotte Bobcats appeared surely while on the opening act Pacers were clumsy and missed their first ten shoots of the game.

After a slow first half, Indiana was better on the second half with 53 points while Charlotte scored only 43 points whom 20 in the third corner.

George Hill dropped 19 points , DJ Augustin added a season high 18 and Indiana topped the Bobcats for a fourth straight win.:

FACTOR PLAYER :

David West  a former all-star with a new balanced performance behind his first triple double in his career was pretty efficient. He tailed 14 points , 12 rebounds and handed out a career high 10 assists. He was everywhere on the court playing with a high basketball IQ.

He was the overwhelming player to stretch score and defense because he offered 26 points for his teammates because of West’s 10 assists, six came on 3-pointers who literally means 18 points in the bank if you pay attention a couple of second.

His only bad performance was prehaps his four turnovers but for the rest he was amazing. He finished with a ration of 2,5 assists per turnover an excellent ratio for a big man.

IS CHALOTTE LOOKING FOR A CONSTANT LEADER IN THE LOCKER ROOM ?

Ben Gordon scored 21 off the bench to lead Charlotte (9-27), which lost for the 22nd time in 24 games, while Kemba Walker contributed for 16.

TURNING POINT: Charlotte led 10-1 in the first period but after Pacers found way in defense and cleaned the glass with  17 offensives rebounds. Roy Hibbert with 8 offensives rebounds collected almost  the total of Charlotte who finished with 9

Pacers outrebounded Charlotte 48-38.

Pacers have won eight of their last 10 games and are 21-14 now.At the final they were under 100 points for the seven time in seven contest but win is more important than points.

According to a survey made by nba.com Pacers are a serious team in post season ! Look the votes now !

Once healthy, how far can the Pacers go this season?

  • First-round playoff exit 35k
  • East semifinals 71k
  • East finals 24k
  • NBA Finals 5k
  • NBA champions 9 K

THEY SAID:

“They were doubling David just about every time he touched the ball and we knew that would open up some things for our 3-point shooters.”
— Indiana coach Frank Vogel.

“I’ve been close to a triple-double a bunch of times and finally pushed it through tonight.”
— West.

THE STAT WAS FOR WEST : Of West’s 10 assists, six came on 3-pointers.

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