Post-Game Grades: Pacers Beat Heat in Game 6, Force a Game 7

David West has a cold.

Here is how each guy played individually tonight. Agree? Disagree? Express your thoughts below in the comments or yell at me (@8pts9secs) or Tim (@TimDonahue8p9s) on Twitter.

David West, PF 36 MIN | 5-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +18

Brutal shooting start and he looked like his fever/respiratory infection would get the best of him. But he was moving the ball well and rebounding. Then, he pepped up after halftime and started to pour in some buckets. In the fourth quarter, me made 4 of his 6 shots, and he grabbed one of the two misses for a follow dunk. The jumper he stuck with Indiana up just 6 after Mike Miller hit two 3-pointers was particularly big. He may have been sick, but the dude was ill.

Paul George, SF 43 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 28 PTS | +12

Playoff career-high scoring night for the 23-year-old who dropped his 28 points on just 19 shots. More encouraging than the volume, however, was the approach. There were three or four instances when I thought he was about to pull up for a jumper, but he didn’t, instead hesitating and continuing on towards the rim. He didn’t settle. He was relentless. And it was all in the flow of the offense. Growing up.

Roy Hibbert, C 42 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | +12

I’ve run out of compliments, I think. He is just so good now. So much better than he has ever been. It’s like he had a full body transplant while also undergoing some Clockwork Orange video conditioning that now makes him want to dunk everything. Alongside that ferocious demeanor, however, he remains calm and able to make nuanced, timing moves. He was glorious.

George Hill, PG 43 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +16

The Pacers are now 9-1 this postseason when Hill scores at least 15 points. He was aggressive, ran the offense well most of the time and played pretty good defense.

Lance Stephenson, SG 40 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | +18

The stats aren’t impressive aside from the rebounding, but I thought his early activity helped get the team going. Some of the plays didn’t lead to points, but he got into the paint, found teammates and pushed the ball in transition. He did Lance stuff.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -4

Didn’t do much but filled in well enough for a gassed West.

Sam Young, SF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +3

Played some defense, hit a three.

Ian Mahinmi, C 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +2

Played 6 minutes.

D.J. Augustin, PG 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -8

Sick little floater he hit. Can’t really run the offense.

Orlando Johnson, SG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1

Garbage minute.

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