With around eight minutes left in the third quarter, West was called for an offensive foul after elbowing Griffin while trying to wrap around him for a shot. As the two ran back down the floor, Griffin started running his mouth to the veteran, which appeared to baffle West.
West told the young gun to quiet down, but Griffin wouldn’t listen so West did the only thing he could to get Griffin to quiet down: go into beast mode.
At that point, West had scored 14 points while Griffin had nine points. Watching the two go at each other on each end of the court was fun to watch, but West decided it was time to teach Griffin a lesson.
Over the next eight minutes, West put up 10 points while holding Griffin to five points. West didn’t score in the fourth quarter, while Griffin put up two points. In the end, West had 24 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and a block. Griffin finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. If not for Griffin’s trash talking, West may not have put up a better stat line than Griffin and the Pacers may not have pulled out the 105-100 victory.
Of course West wasn’t the only reason the Pacers won, but Griffin added the fuel that propelled West to his first 20-plus point game of the season. While that doesn’t sound like a big deal, if you look at the first 17 games from last season then you will notice West had 20-plus point games in that time frame. The Pacers don’t need West to score 20-plus a game to win, but it definitely showed he still had those kind of games in him.
Now let’s just hope he doesn’t keep his next 20-point game for the next time someone talks trash, because I’m not sure anyone is going to do it after watching this game.