The Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons played a close game on Saturday, but a big fourth quarter by Paul George proved to be too much for the visiting Pistons.
Paul George went off for 21 points in the fourth quarter to put away the Detroit Pistons.
Paul George scored the Indiana Pacers last 21 points and hopefully ended his slump. He was 2 of 11 going into the final frame before going 7 of 7 to close out his night. That was a perfect fourth quarter. He finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds.
A shoving matched followed the final buzzer, but it was more of “hold me back!” than anyone looking to attack.
“It was good to see shots finally go down,” George said, subdued if not relieved. “But whether I was making those or missing them, I was still going to be aggressive. That’s my job.”
Paul George vs Pistons – NASTY 32 Pts
By turning the final 4:47 of the game into a showcase of swished jump shots – that’s right, he needed less than 5 minutes to drop 21 points – George tied a career high for most points scored in a quarter. The lights-out quarter all but erased the memory of George’s earlier struggles. Pre-red hot George, the Pacers (19-14) had floundered around the 40 percent shooting mark. But after two straight losses and a particularly poor defensive showing against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, the Pacers started the morning shootaround in preparation for the Pistons with a change.