The power forward told reporters: "They're the champs, they're going to bring out the best in us. They bring out the best in anybody. I thought we just had enough fight.
"They're a tough team, psychologically against most teams they have the edge. They've got the best player in the game. Their pedigree, their entire organisation, you understand what you're going to get."
The Pacers play the Washington Wizards tomorrow.