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The Pacers quickly put any lingering issues from their loss in Orlando behind them on Monday night by running the Denver Nuggets out of the Fieldhouse in Brian Shaw's return to Indy.

Andy Lyons

The Pacers didn't waste their winning opportunities at home on Monday night, as they ran away from a depleted Denver Nuggets team to earn their 40th win of the season.

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.

Check out the links:

Nuggets at Pacers - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 119, Nuggets 80 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers erase unpleasant memory with rout | Indianapolis Star |

Nuggets dominated in huge loss to Pacers, in Brian Shaw's return - The Denver Post

Pacers notebook: Nuggets play without point guard | Indianapolis Star |

Pacers roll past short-handed Nuggets 119-80 - AP

Pacers turn 40, and looking fit | Pacers Blogs

Nuggets vs. Pacers recap: David West, Pacers eviscerate short-handed Nuggets - Denver Stiffs

West sets tone as Pacers blast Nuggets - 1070 The Fan Acquiesce (The REAL reason the Nuggets got their doors blown off by the Pacers)

Pacers bounce back from Sunday collapse by punishing Denver - Indy Sports Legends