David West had a strong game for the Indiana Pacers as they fended off a 18-0 late in the game to pull away for a 111-88 win. This game was never in doubt as the Pacers started off hot with an 18-2 and building it to 32-7. At halftime, the lead was 34 points and got as high as 37 points. This is the type of game the Pacers needed to put together against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were without key guys: Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. On a night, when the Heat and Bulls were upset, the Pacers were left standing, and continue this roll of wins as it moves on towards 5 wins.
The Pacers score over 100 points for the 10th time in 11 games, another encouraging sign that the Pacers are in fact ready for the playoffs. Another good sign is Paul George found his shot last night as he made 5-9 from 2 point land and 2-2 from three point land. He finished with a strong 18 points and was part of the starting group that all put up double figures. West had 22 points, Danny Granger had 19 points, Roy Hibbert had another great rebounding game and strong point production with 11 boards and 12 points, and George Hill had 11 points.
Hill started again in place of Darren Collison, who came out and played 19 minutes, but will be resting the rest of the way as he continues to recover from the groin injury. No reason to put Collison out there if he’s not 100% ready to go, and saving him for the playoffs is a much better idea, especially with George Hill playing well.
The Indiana Pacers get no rest as team as they play tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers. This is a Sixers team still trying to make the playoffs as seeds one through six are wrapped up and the final two spots haven’t been filled. The Sixers are tied with the Knicks at the bottom of the playoff seeds and both have a two game lead on the Bucks. They have been slumping, so the Pacers need to be careful and not fallen into this type of trap game. Put together a game like last night, and put this team away. Continue this winning streak and keep improving towards the playoffs. This team is realizing that, and should be able to do it tonight.