The Indiana Pacers entered Saturday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers on the back end of back-to-back games, having lost by eight in Dallas on Friday.
The Dallas loss was the last of five-game road trip into the Western Conference. Moreover, the Blazers are one of the NBA’s best offensive teams and the Pacers are one of the worst defensive teams in the league.
Every indication pointed to a rough night for the undoubtedly tired Pacers, but few would likely have anticipated the deluge that Portland inundated Indiana with from the start.
And even fewer would have predicted that the Pacers would survive and emerge victorious anyway.
Portland scored 44 points in the opening quarter and led by as much as 20 in the first half, but the Pacers managed to stay within range. Doing so allowed All-Star Paul George to work his magic in the fourth quarter. George scored 15 points in