Paul George scored 40 points to go along with 8 boards and 4 assists as the Pacers defeated the Wizards on Tuesday night. This was George‘s second career 40 point performance.
Paul George added another chapter to his remarkable comeback season Tuesday night, hanging 40 points on the Washington Wizards in the Indiana Pacers‘ 123-106 win.
From the opening tip, everything George flung up seemed to find the bottom of the net. He scored on pullups, catch-and-shoots, and cuts to the basket. He earned points from the paint, from mid-range, and beyond the arc. He made his first six 3-point attempts, and finished the game shooting 14-of-19 from the field and 7-of-8 from deep. Forty points, on 19 shots.
He added eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals for good measure as the Pacers won their third straight and improved to 9-5 on the season. The disputes about George’s natural position seem like a distant memory.
So, too, does the traumatic leg injury that robbed him of all but six games last year. No one knew quite what to expect from George as he readied for his first full season since finishing ninth in MVP voting in 2013-14. Fourteen games in, he’s already answered that question: George is better than ever.