Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel couldn't stop smiling during his news conference after a 93-66 victory over the Washington Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night. He seemed downright giddy at times. The NBA's best defensive team might have turned in its best performance yet, holding the Wizards to 32 percent shooting and a season low in points by any NBA team. To top it off, the Pacers grabbed a season-high 61 rebounds. Maybe it wasn't a perfect night on the offensive end, but performances like that will make a team a winner every night. "Our fans should be really proud," Vogel said. "Tell you what, you want to see a team come out and play as hard as any team you've seen on the defensive end, come out and watch our basketball team. They care about that end of the floor and are having fun with it." Having fun comes a little easier when you're a NBA-best 29-7, including 18-1 at home. Vogel said before the game he hoped the Pacers would respond to a 97-87 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday by playing angry. Mission accomplished, with veteran forward David West setting the tone. Despite playing padding resembling a mixed-martial arts glove on his sore right hand, West scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds and got the Pacers off to a good start by going 5-for-5 from the field in the first quarter.
Pacers defense hammers Wizards
Indianapolis Star | Jan 11