The Indiana Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night. The Pacers were able to get back on track with a 94-83 win over the Boston Celtics.
Bynum played just 16 minutes, but showcased what he brings to this team. He finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. He proved that he is more of an offensive threat than even Roy Hibbert, and the Celtics saw fit to double team him often.
Had Bynum been more familiar with the offense, he would have had a number of assists.
He wasn’t the only one to get it done off the bench either. The reserves somehow managed to score 31 points against the Celtics.
Luis Scola led the way with 11 points and five rebounds. Evan Turner put in a perfect game, with 9 points off 4-for-4 shooting to go along with three assists. Both still proved to be defensive liabilities, and its clear that it will take time for them to get comfortable with Bynum.
The Celtics made a run late in the fourth quarter to cut the Pacers lead to just one. The starters managed to put that fire out, and push the lead over the final three minutes.
While the Pacers won the rebounding battle, the Celtics managed to snag 20 offensive rebounds. Boston only shot 35-percent from the field, but with all the second chances the Celtics took 18 more shots than the Pacers.
David West had a nice string of plays to ice the game away. The 10-year veteran had 24 points off 11-for-13 shooting to lead the team. West also finished with five rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal.
Paul George struggled in the first half, but managed to finish with 12 points and four assists. He had to sit for long stretches due to foul trouble that was largely self inflicted. He had three offensive fouls that were a product of George simply trying to force a play.
Roy Hibbert had another rough offensive outing. The big man had just six points off 3-of-7 shooting. He did have nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. Hibbert spent a lot of time posting up too far away from the basket and leaning on the hook shot more than he should have.
The Pacers looked more efficient on offense, shooting 54-percent from the field. They had 16 turnovers, but the Celtics only managed 10 points off them. At times the ball movement was lacking, but it wasn’t the glaring problem it has been in recent games.
Up next the Pacers will be at Philadelphia on Friday to face the 76ers.