Originally written on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 1/9/13
Knocking them out of a regular season game at home isn't quite the same as knocking them out of the playoffs, but the Pacers should nevertheless be very happy with their performance last tonight after topping the defending champs 87-77 in Indiana. They were able to do it without Danny Granger, the team's top scorer over the past five seasons (as well as with a sick and ineffective George Hil)l, because of Paul George, who exploded in the second half and finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds while "holding" Lebron James to a "quiet" 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 turnovers. The Pacers started out strong before Dwyane Wade took over in the second quarter, giving Pacers fans flashbacks to game 6 of last year's conference semifinals when D-Wade poured in 41 to send the Pacers home for the summer. Wade had 23 points in the first half in this game and was practically unstoppable but only had 7 points in the second half as Lance Stephenson did a great job of locking him down. S...
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