David West scored 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting for the Pacers.

David West scored 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting for the Pacers.

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David West scored 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 119-80 drubbing over the Denver Nuggets.

Roy Hibbert deposited a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double and also added four blocks for the Pacers, who snapped their five-game losing skid to the Nuggets. Paul George and Lance Stephenson scored 12 points apiece in the win.

Indiana bounced back from a 93-92 loss in Orlando Sunday in which the Pacers blew a 17-point third-quarter lead.

“We made a lot of mistakes last night, didn’t play the game the right way, and it cost us the game,” said West. “We’re in a fight for the top spot in the conference and we can’t afford to give games away like we did last night. I thought we came out with a different resolve. We wanted to make sure we got control of this game and put it away.

“The games are going to get tougher after the break. We know that. We talked about finishing up strong before the break, but also we know we want to be running downhill the last few games of the season. We have to start preparing for that right now.”

Wilson Chandler paced Denver with 17 points on a futile 6-of-19 shooting. J.J. Hickson added 12 points with eight rebounds in the setback.

Denver was without point guard Ty Lawson, who was sidelined with a fractured rib that he sustained in Saturday’s 126-109 loss at Detroit. Lawson leads the Nuggets in scoring (18 ppg) and assists (8.8 apg).

The Nuggets are 0-3 on their current four-game road swing and look to salvage a game when they visit Minnesota on Wednesday.

“The one thing I’m disappointed in tonight, I can take losing, but I don’t want our guys to display being a loser,” said Nuggets coach Brian Shaw. “There’s a difference between losing and being a loser. Basically, when things go bad, I don’t want everyone to just splinter off and jump off the ship.”

West scored 17 points in the first quarter, including nine during a 15-5 spurt to end the frame. He made a three-point play and followed with back- to-back jumpers before C.J. Watson made a layup to close the scoring in the quarter and help the Pacers to a 31-20 lead after 12 minutes.

Stephenson and Luis Scola each added a basket to open the second quarter and extend the cushion to 37-20. Denver countered with a 10-2 run, with Jordan Hamilton and Randy Foye knocking down successive treys to open the spurt.

Indiana ended the second quarter much like the first, outscoring the Nuggets 16-6 over the final 3:43 of the stanza to take a 61-40 lead at the break. George Hill was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left and made all three attempts from the stripe to cap the run.

George hit a trey late in the third to close a 7-0 sprint for an 83-53 advantage and the Pacers brought an 85-56 lead into the fourth. The Pacers emptied their bench in the fourth and cruised to victory.

Notes: The Pacers haven’t beaten the Nuggets since a 144-113 win at home on Nov. 11, 2010 … Indiana is now 25-2 at home this season … The Pacers’ only back-to- back losses this season came from Dec. 16-18 at home against Detroit and at Miami … Indiana outrebounded Denver 56-37 … Denver shot 28-of-89 from the field.

Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Denver 20 20 16 24 80
Indiana 31 30 24 34 119
Officials:  Monty McCutchen, Kevin Cutler, Leroy Richardson Attendance:  16124
Time Of Game: 2:07
Stats: Final
Denver MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
W.Chandler 29:39 6 19 2 8 3 4 4 1 5 2 2 0 0 1 17
K.Faried 26:00 3 8 0 0 2 4 3 4 7 0 3 1 2 0 8
J.Hickson 27:39 5 11 0 1 2 2 3 5 8 0 3 0 2 0 12
Q.Miller 27:08 0 5 0 1 0 2 1 4 5 1 2 1 3 0 0
R.Foye 34:08 2 13 1 5 4 4 0 0 0 10 3 0 3 0 9
T.Mozgov 24:16 4 8 0 0 1 2 2 2 4 1 4 0 0 0 9
D.Arthur 11:59 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 0 2
E.Fournier 18:55 2 5 1 3 3 3 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 8
A.Randolph 14:59 1 6 1 4 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 4
J.Hamilton 25:17 4 12 1 4 2 3 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 11
A.Miller DNP – Coach’s Decision
N.Robinson DNP – Coach’s Decision
T.Lawson DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 28 89 6 26 18 26 16 21 37 17 23 3 11 1 80
PERCENTAGES FG: 31.5% 3PT: 23.1% FT: 69.2% TEAM REB: 9 TOTAL TO: 11
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.George 26:50 4 10 2 3 2 2 0 5 5 4 1 1 3 0 12
D.West 26:45 11 13 0 0 3 3 1 2 3 2 4 0 1 2 25
R.Hibbert 26:26 6 12 0 0 2 2 7 5 12 2 3 1 2 4 14
L.Stephenson 28:17 5 8 0 2 2 2 0 6 6 3 2 0 3 0 12
G.Hill 24:59 3 6 0 3 4 5 0 7 7 5 0 2 3 0 10
D.Granger 21:41 3 6 1 3 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 9
I.Mahinmi 21:34 2 3 0 0 3 4 3 6 9 1 2 0 1 1 7
C.Watson 15:45 1 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 0 2
L.Scola 13:55 4 8 0 0 3 4 1 7 8 0 1 0 0 0 11
R.Butler 12:00 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 7
C.Copeland 7:16 1 4 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
S.Hill 7:16 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 4
D.Sloan 7:16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
TEAM TOTALS 240 46 80 4 16 23 26 13 43 56 21 18 6 14 8 119
PERCENTAGES FG: 57.5% 3PT: 25% FT: 88.5% TEAM REB: 4 TOTAL TO: 15
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Denver 14
Indiana 16
TECHNICALS: Denver 0, Indiana 0

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