But before taking care of business on the court the team took care of a few internal issues lingering from the frustrating loss in Orlando. There was plenty of blame to throw around after the loss and final possession melt down that let a game-winning opportunity go by without getting the ball to the rim.
Instead of letting those frustrations fester, the players did what they always do, hashed it out in an open discussion. Paul George didn't classify the session as a players-only meeting, but rather business as usual with this team when issues arise that need to be addressed.
"We talk a lot," George said. "On this team, we've got a lot of guys that voice their opinion. And we listen, there's not any egos. If one guy has something to say, we take it into consideration and everybody gives their feedback and at the end of the day we're on the same page."
No doubt PG heard from a teammate or two who was open on the final play in Orlando, but by the end of the team discussion, the emphasis was on taking care of business early against the Nuggets which turned out to be as easy to do as say, with 61 points in the first half which left the Pacers up 21 at the break. David West set the tone early and ended up creating the difference at the half with 21 of his 25 points.
Another playful third quarter saw the Pacers hunting big plays, but the time and score situation was far better for the highlight hunt. Up by 20-plus points against a Denver team that didn't have enough bodies to consider a comeback, made for a drama-free W at the Fieldhouse.
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