Indiana Pacers (40-11) 119
Denver Nuggets (24-26) 80
That’s the way to bounce back from a bad stretch the night before. The Indiana Pacers put together an effort that saw them outscore the Denver Nuggets in each quarter and get their biggest margin of victory on the season. There must be something about Western Conference teams coming to play in Indy because the previous win of a 33 point win was against the Houston Rockets. This 39 point win against the Nuggets was the biggest of the season and the largest against the Nuggets in this season. You better watch out Dallas Mavericks as they head to town on Wednesday.
This was also a game that saw David West continue his huge impact over the past month or so. With Paul George struggling a bit, West has picked up the slack. Last night, he went for 25 points in 27 minutes. He probably could have added to that total, but none of the starters played in that fourth quarter. A good reason to rest when this game was never in doubt.
Paul George ends up with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Roy Hibbert has a good night of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Throw in 4 blocks to help pad his defensive stats. Lance Stephenson chipped in 12 points. George Hill drops in 10 points.
That goes to show that while Paul George is the main option, you still have plenty of other options to score when George isn’t feeling it. Actually, looking over the box score, everyone that played made a point.
Guys like Chris Copeland, Solomon Hill, and Donald Sloan got plenty of time in that fourth quarter to show what they can do for the team. Just an all around excellent win for the Indiana Pacers after that rough outing in Orlando.