Indiana Pacers Fight Back: Big Third Quarter Lifts Them vs. Golden State

No NameAnalyst IMarch 1, 2011

After seeing a 13 point first-quarter lead turn into a three point deficit by halftime, the Pacers made a huge rally in the third quarter and never looked back. Behind Danny Granger's 27 points, the Pacers defeated the Warriors at Conseco Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, 109-100.

Granger was a perfect 16 of 16 from the free throw line, and the team as a whole was 32 of 36. After going ice cold in the second quarter, Indiana outscored Golden State 37 to 26 in the third quarter, giving them a nine point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors made it interesting late, getting the lead down to three, but the Pacers were able to rally and finish them off.

Indiana was just 3-16 from three-point range, while the Warriors were 11 of 27 on the night. Indiana only had nine turnovers though, and scored 32 points from the free throw line, compared to just 13 for the Warriors.

The Pacers had six players score in double figures, with two others narrowly missing it with eight points each. Dahntay Jones, Tyler Hansbrough, and Paul George combined for 36 points, all coming off the bench. George scored 10 of his 12 points in the opening six minutes of the fourth quarter.

The win puts Indiana's record at 27-32, which is still good enough to make the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. They lead the Bobcats by one game for that final playoff spot.

The win was also big for another reason. Going into tonight's game, they had lost their previous two games, the last one on Sunday in overtime at the buzzer. Their next three games are all on the road against very strong Western conference teams.

Tomorrow night, the Pacers will be in Oklahoma City to take on Durant, Westbrook, and the Thunder. After that, they will head to Dallas for a game against the red-hot Mavericks on Friday night. They will finish up that short road trip in Houston on Saturday night before returning home for one game.

Six of the Pacers next seven games are all road games, and they will surely be tested these next couple of weeks. The schedule gets tougher, and we will find out if this team is for real when they talk about making the playoffs.

Tomorrow night's game in Oklahoma City is set to tip off at 8pm.