The Herald Bulletin

December 21, 2013

Pacers roll past Rockets 114-81 in Granger's return

The Herald Bulletin

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers celebrated the return of Danny Granger by outscoring Western Conference power Houston in every quarter on the way to a 114-81 victory here Friday night.

Granger contributed just five points on 1-of-7 shooting but still received a standing ovation when he came on the floor for the first time this season after suffering a calf injury that has sidelined him.

Paul George scored a game-high 24 points. He was followed by Lance Stephenson with 16, Luis Scola with 13 and David West and George Hill with a dozen points apiece.

Dwight Howard topped the Rockets with 19 points. Chandler Parsons add 14.

The Pacers, who snapped a two-game losing streak in which they were outrebounded in both games, won the battle of the boards 50-36. George had nine rebounds, West seven, while Roy Hibbert and Stephenson had six apiece.

Indiana shot 53 percent from the field, including 46 percent from 3-point range. George had a trio of 3-pointers.

The Indiana record is now 21-5. The Pacers will play again Sunday evening at home against the Boston Celtics.

Houston falls to 17-10.