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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- David West is showing why he is considered such a critical part of the Indiana Pacers' rebuilding project.
The power forward's tough, steady play inside has Indiana on the brink of its first playoff series win since 2005. He had 12 points in the third quarter and four in overtime during Indiana's 101-99 victory that put Indiana up 3-1 in the first-round. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said West's 26-point, 12-rebound effort in Game 4 is an example of why they added the veteran free agent before the season.
"He was dominant, they had no answer for him," Vogel said. "He either scored or got doubled and found somebody for a 3-point shot. That's the vision we have for our power post offense. He was at his best, probably, in the third quarter."
West, a former All-Star who played eight years in New Orleans, is averaging 16.8 points and 10 rebounds in th...