Paul George’s remarkable comeback season continued as the Pacers forward poured in a career-high 48 points in an overtime loss to the Jazz.
George scored 48 points to set a new career high, but not even his otherworldly performance could save the Pacers against the most fundamental missteps.
George exploded for a career-high 48 points on Saturday night. The reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week made 15-of-27 shots, went 8-for-11 from 3-point range, and led the charge in the Pacers’ comeback from a 17-point second half deficit.
For plenty of moments late in the fourth quarter and even in overtime, it seemed as if the night would belong to George and the Pacers. But ultimately, it just wasn’t to be.
Paul George at Jazz – 48 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl 8-11 From Three!
“I thought we shared the ball,” George said of his team’s lightning-quick rally. “We moved it. We played with a lot more force. You know, we played together. It got us back in the game.”
“That is one area we have to improve at,” George said. “Offensive rebounds is where we got beat. We have to do a better job. It is not on one person, it is on the whole team. I could have done a better job getting down there.”
“It really hurts,” George said of the loss. “Especially being up and winning and not taking care of business to close.“