INDIANAPOLIS – The Pacers opened the 2016-17 season in style with a 130-121 overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks. The second year man Myles Turner had coming out party with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Turner hit a late three pointer to solidify the Pacers lead. Paul George added 25 points and Teague 20 as well. All five starters were in double figures and Pacers scored more points in the season opener than they did at all last season. This Pacers tempo and pace will be fun to watch all season long. The Pacers biggest lead was 14 and Dallas late only late in the game and by 1 point. Indiana did have 16 turnovers which will need to cut down to 8-9 nightly to continue to stay in the win column.
With the offensive explosion, there were issues defensively that the Pacers need to fix. The Pacers made Deron Williams look like a superstar as he was picking and rolling all night long against Teague and Ellis. This is not typical under a Dan Burke scheme and I am sure that they will watch film and fix the deficiencies.
1 Down…..81 to go. May have been ugly defensively, but the offensive explosion sends all the Pacers fans home happy !! Pacers are back in action on Friday at Brooklyn.Follow Us Here: