Memphis split back-to-back nights against the best of the Eastern Conference, losing by five at Miami on Friday, then dominating the East's top team Indiana, 82-71 on Saturday back at the Grindhouse. By the end of the third quarter, Paul George had six of Indiana's 49 points and everyone in Section 106 had the same amount of rebounds as Roy Hibbert. 1. West's top defense bests NBA's top D. Indiana allows the fewest points per game in the NBA with 92. Memphis only scored 82. The Grizzlies' defense, though, dominated the Pacers, who shot only 36.5 percent and scored a season-low 71. Indiana had 49 points after the third quarter and couldn't cut into a double-digit lead that peaked at on Tony Allen's opening bucket of the fourth quarter. The lead went to double figures with 2:45 left in the first half and never dipped below 11 after that. It was a forgettable night for Paul George. The Indiana forward scored eight points and went only 2 of 10 from the field. "Tayshaun (Prince) did a great job on, on um, uh, who's their best player?" asked Memphis coach Dave Joerger. "Yeah, Paul George. He's really good, too, by the way. I love him." The jovial moment came as Joerger was complimenting his team's individual efforts. Indiana found nothing funny. The Pacers (51-19) made only 27 of 74 shots, the fewest allowed by Memphis all season. The Pacers' 30 first-half points are the fewest allowed in a half by Memphis this season. Indiana had been 26-1 when holding opponents to less than 90 points. After the loss, Hibbert still didn't know how many points his team scored. He only scored four of them. "We just didn't get it done," said Hibbert. "I'm not sure how many points we scored, but we didn't play at a high level. I didn't play at a high level." Despite the impressive win, there's still plenty of room for improvement for Memphis. "Four turnovers, one steal," Tony Allen said as he looked over the stat sheet. "That ain't good, bro." On the record, he agreed with Joerger. "We were in attack mode most of the night on offense and defense," Joerger said. "That is as complete a win as we've had all season. I think that is the best performance we've had all season from start to finish of 48 minutes. That's a huge resiliency test of coming off a game (Friday) where we felt like we had a good chance to win."
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