Indiana Pacers (39-10) 118
Portland Trail Blazers (35-15) 113If that was a preview for a possible NBA Finals, sign me up because that was about as good as it gets. You want high scoring? You want big shots? You want guys going at it even with some big time offense going on? That was a sampling of what you saw in this game between Indiana and Portland.
Even on a night when Paul George struggled, the Indiana Pacers found a way to win. It took a career high from George Hill, who looked about as aggressive as I’ve seen in the years he’s played with the team. You go for a career high 37 points, you must be playing pretty hard. We all know Hill has talked about being a scorer before, but even I didn’t envision a game like this.
He had help from another guy who played about as well as he has with the Pacers in David West. 13-16 for 30 points for Mr. West. Also snagging 10 rebounds in the process and making a huge steal on a bad pass by LaMarcus Aldridge to give the Pacers some cushion at the end. West was scoring in all sorts of ways as he was driving and shooting away. I don’t think he’s shot much better than this night when the Pacers needed it.
Paul George tried to find his shot all evening as he went 5-23, but still made plays like a steal and a basket towards the end of the game. He drove to the basket to get his shot going, but nothing seemed to help with the off night. He still ends up with 17 points, and probably feels even better the Pacers get the win.
In a game that Portland had their own big shots by Damien Lillard, who got 38 points and Wesley Matthews who got most of his 19 points if not all of them in that second half. Two guys that just kept the Blazers going in a game that I thought Portland had control of most of the way.
Those great teams find a way to win the game, and the Pacers did just that tonight. With the way it was going, I loved it going to overtime, and wouldn’t have minded some more periods with the way they kept taking shots at each other to tie or get a lead. This was a playoff like game, and like I said, sign me up for more of this.