At first, the Trail Blazers’ stunning early-season success was dismissed as a hot start.

Then, after the wins piled up against so-so opponents, it was simply a byproduct of a soft schedule.

But now, after another impressive victory against another top-notch foe, it’s hard to find too many flaws in what is unfolding in the Northwest.

It’s time to hop aboard the bandwagon, Rip City.

In one of their most impressive and rugged performances of the season, the Blazers outlasted Paul George and out-toughed the gritty Indiana Pacers, steamrolling their way to a 106-102 victory before 19,023 Monday night at the Moda Center.

The win, which came in a playoff-like atmosphere before an energized crowd, improved the Blazers’ record to 15-3, their best after 18 games since the 1998-99 season, when they also opened 15-3.

“We’re a pretty damn good team,” Wesley Matthews said, when asked what Monday night’s win showed. “And we can beat anybody.”