Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 10/19/13
It took a lot longer than expected, but the Indiana Pacers finally grabbed their first preseason win of 2013 with a convincing 102-79 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs were actually up pretty much all of the first half until the Pacers turned it on the second half and cruised through to garbage time. The team is still trying to find its identity on the offensive end (25 assists on 34 made field goals is pretty good though), but the NBA's top defense last season is finally starting to click on the defensive end. It was encouraging to see the team force 22 turnovers which turned into 14 fast break points, though a lot more has to be done on the boards as they were crushed 55-39 (including 17-4 on the offensive glass). I'm telling you, David West is still the most important player on the team. He had 20 points in 28 minutes (he got to the line 14 times) and had 3 blocks, carrying the team when he had to on a night when Paul George (still recovering from bronchitis) struggled
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