Paul George posted a stat line of 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
Paul George walked onto the floor at the start of the fourth quarter and looked at the smaller Indiana teammates around him.
He liked their chances.
“I told my guys this is where we make our mark,” George said.
George had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and the surging Pacers broke open a close game early in the fourth to beat the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers 103-91 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
“If we were going to be able to pull away from this team, the coach is confident enough to put the small lineup out there, we’re just going to have to make a separation,” George said. “We did a great job of pushing the tempo, getting great stops and turning them into baskets.”
The Pacers (12-5) took control with a 14-1 run and opened an 86-70 lead on George’s 3-pointer with 8:28 to play against a much bigger Clippers unit.
“We’ve been practicing (going small) since training camp,” said Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey, who had 18 points. “So we’re getting acclimated to it. We’re not where we want to be, but it’s coming along. It’s definitely been helping us out. … You’ve always got to find a way. We were getting to the line. We were making stops. And we’ve got a guy like PG who can carry us, too. He’s been playing phenomenal.“
George, who reached 30 points for the seventh time this season, said his early success has simply been the result of offseason training.
“This is definitely the best stretch I’ve had,” he said. “I really put a lot of work in this summer to be ready night in and night out. … I became a student of the game. I put a lot of time into my craft.“