Some positive-slanted Pacers notesPosted by Inside Hoops
In the Pacers’ two wins last week, Mike Dunleavy scored a career-high tying 36 points in each game. That is the first time that a Pacers’ player has scored 30+ points in consecutive game since Jermaine O’Neal did so in four straight games during the 2004-05 season. In the game at Toronto, Feb. 29, Dunleavy tied a career-high with six 3-pt field goals–his most ever with the Pacers.
In the last three games of this past week the Pacers averaged 36.3 free throw attempts per game and outscored the opposition, 88-58, from the line. Through the first 57 games, the Pacers averaged just 24.0 free throw attempts per game and had been outscored, 1,347-1,053, at the line.
When the Pacers scored 122 points at Toronto last Friday and followed that up with a season-high 128 points vs. the Bucks Sunday, they scored 120+ points in consecutive games for the first time since 1993.
With just six more 3-pt field goals made this season, Kareem Rush will become the third Pacers’ player to have hit 100 or more this season. That will be the first time in franchise history that three players have ever hit 100 or more 3-pt field goals in the same season.
With 10 steals and just nine turnovers vs. the Bucks on Sunday, Mar. 2, the Pacers had more thefts than turnovers for the first time this season. Indiana has averaged 12.0 turnovers per game in the last 15 games, compared to an average of 16.69 topg in its first 45 games.