Quotes from last night’s participants.
“We just stayed after it like we’ve done all year-long. It’s not always pretty. Tonight wasn’t pretty, but it was pretty for us because we got the win.” -Lionel Hollins
“We got a long way to go, and we got to keep battling.” -Lionel Hollins
“It’s frustrating, but we can’t hang our heads. We have to keep playing and keep improving. We just have to learn from it. We have to embrace the tough times and get better from it. I believe in my teammates.” -Kevin Durant
“That’s how we play Pacers basketball,” George said. “We just locked in, and it was just helping one another on the defensive end.”
“They outrebounded us, they won the hustle today, the little things.” -Carmelo Anthony
“We didn’t change much in terms of our physicality. I just thought we were a little bit more precise defensively in terms of our communication and we shored some things up. We didn’t allow them to get some of the things they got in the second game in New York.” -David West
“Our guys usually do what you emphasize. We don’t want to do it at the expense of giving up things up at the rim. But we were able to guard the paint and the 3-point line, and that’s the goal.” -Frank Vogel