INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The Indiana Pacers came out victorious against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. The Pacers won the game with a 107-103 final score. Players from both teams had some interesting quotes following the conclusion of this game.
Paul George talked about the poor performance by the Pacers in the final quarter of the game (via Pacers.com):
"We can't take teams lightly. Giving up 30 points in the fourth is unacceptable. We were aware this team was going to keep coming and that's what they did. They're a young team, a lot of talent, they don't give up."
Monta Ellis discussed the team's late game execution by the Pacers (via Pacers.com):
"We were expecting them to come back. The biggest thing was we made plays down the stretch when we had to and we closed the game out."
Frank Vogel talked about what happened with their 27-point lead (via Pacers.com):
"They are an explosive team with young guys who never quit on games. They took all their bigs out, went with five 3-point shooters and opened up the game. We get a lead and we have to keep scoring, keep attacking."
The Pacers held a 27-point lead towards the end of the third quarter, but the Timberwolves started to turn around their performance from that point on. Minnesota concluded the third quarter by going on a 13-3 run, which trimmed the Pacers' lead to 90-73 at the end of the quarter. Minnesota didn't lift their foot off the gas, they kept on coming for that Pacers' lead. Minnesota trailed the Pacers 101-100 with 59-seconds left in the game. But the Pacers turned their poor performance around with a 7-3 run to win the game by a score of 107-103. Despite the quality execution in the final minute, the Pacers still were outscored 30-17 in the final quarter, which was unacceptable.
Andrew Wiggins got his first real chance to matchup against Paul George as a healthy player. Wiggins discussed this matchup (via Pacers.com):
"No question he is a great player. It was fun to match up against him. I was very impressed by him as a defensive player. Everybody knows he can score, but he's a really, really well-rounded player."
Paul George has had a fantastic all-around season so far. Entering this game, George was the only player in the entire league to average over 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and 1.5 steals. George had 29 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and one steal in this game. George is a rare breed of superstar because he prides himself on his defense, which is rare for a premier player. George does a great overall defensive job in terms of executing against his individual matchup, help-defensive rotations and basically all of the other aspects of defense, which is what makes him so valuable for the Pacers. It was a great learning experience for Wiggins to matchup against George.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel discussed how he was impressed with the play of Glenn Robinson III (via Pacers.com):
"It's surprising for a young player to make steady, solid plays. I feel good every time he's out there."
It was important for the Pacers to get an unexpected player to step up off the bench. This was the case because of the fact that Rodney Stuckey and Myles Turner were both out with injuries. Robinson had 11 points, five rebounds, and one assist in this game. He normally is not in the rotation, but he made the most of the opportunity that he was given. Robinson has really forced the hand of Frank Vogel in regards to giving him minutes, that of course is because of quality play to start the season.