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DJ Augustin surprises by not sucking; Pacers beat Grizzlies

What a great way to end 2012.

Playing like a turd spread over stale bread all season, DJ Augustin got the call to start at PG tonight over George Hill, who sat out with a groin/leg problem, apparently. The move must have sent chills down the spines of every Pacers fan, because Augustin hadn't even scored more than 8 points in a single this season going into the game, and was shooting less than 27% from the field. That's right, 27%.

Perhaps Augustin's New Year's resolution is to simply "be awesome," because he certainly produced tonight against the Grizzlies with 17 points and 6 assists on 4-9 shooting as the Pacers came from 7 points down at the end of the third to pull out an 88-83 win. The Pacers move back atop the Central Division at 18-13, two games behind Atlanta for the no. 3 seed and 4 games behind Eastern Conference leaders the Miami Heat.

One of their best wins of the season and a crucial one against a winning team for once, and it was all because of DJ. Well, not exactly, as Paul George had 21, 6 and 5, David West had 13 and 9 and Lance Stephenson had 10 and 7, but on this night let's just say it was all DJ. Finally.

Let's hope he can keep it up in 2013 because the Pacers can really use it.