Trailing after the first half, the Pacers fell back on what they do best, upping the defensive pressure to frustrate the Pelicans and pull out the victory.
Paul George scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead four Pacers in double figures and Indiana rallied from a seven-point, second-quarter deficit for a 99-82 win over New Orleans on Saturday night.
George said the Pacers had to get after Eric Gordon after the former Indiana University star repeatedly drove the lane in the first half to score 17 of his 21 points.
''He's a tough matchup,'' the 6-foot-9 George said of the 6-4 Gordon. ''He's so quick. He has a great center of gravity. He has great second and third moves.
''I did what I do: use my length and crowd him.''
George said the Pacers knew they had to defend better after New Orleans shot 52.5 percent (21 of 40) in the first half. Despite getting good looks, the Pacers shot 41.9 percent (18 of 43) before intermission.
''We knew eventually that the shots we were g...