Game Rewind: Pacers 123, Wizards 106
Behind a franchise-record 19 3-pointers and season scoring highs of 40 from Paul George and 32 from C.J. Miles, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Washington Wizards 123-106 in the Verizon Center.
The barrage of threes started early, as Indiana made seven in the first quarter. The Pacers knocked down their first nine shots of the game and finished the quarter 13-of-19 from the floor. But six turnovers allowed Washington to stay close, and Indiana only led 33-31 at the end of the first.
The second period brought more of the same offensively for both teams. The red-hot shooting was highlighted by C.J. Miles’ 10 quarter points and 13 from Washington’s Gary Neal. At the end of the half, Indiana was up to 12 made 3-pointers but was ahead just 62-61.
In the third, Indiana’s shooting became too much for their opponent. Miles continued to hit nothing but net, and Indiana opened up a seven-point advantage midway through the period thanks to his 30-foot three with the shot clock expiring. The Blue & Gold scored 31 in the quarter and led 93-82 heading into the fourth.
Indiana kept the pressure on in the final period. The record-breaking three came from George Hill with 4:20 left, and it gave the Pacers a commanding 15-point lead. Washington wouldn’t threaten the rest of the contest.
Paul George and Miles were a sharpshooting combo Washington couldn’t contain. They accounted for 72 points, shooting 24-of-35 from the floor. The pair converted 15-of-17 3-point attempts.
Gary Neal led Washington with 23 points off the bench. Bradley Beal scored 20 and John Wall had 18 but also committed eight turnovers.
Inside the Numbers
For the second game in a row, Indiana scored 123 points.
John Wall’s eight turnovers are tied for the most he’s committed in a game this season.
C.J. Miles’s +/- rating of +27 was the best on the team.
Stat of the Night
The Pacers made a franchise-record 19 3-pointers. They finished the night 19-of-26 (73%) from beyond the arc. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the highest 3-point percentage for a team that attempted 25 or more threes in NBA history.
- This is the 10th game in a row in which Paul George has scored 20 or more points. It’s the second time in his career he’s eclipsed 40. He scored 43 against the Portland Trailblazers on December 2, 2013
- George Hill returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with an upper respiratory infection and scored 14 points
- Tonight was the third game in a row Indiana scored more than 100 points. They won all three
- Chipping in five points, Chase Budinger surpassed 3,000 points for his career
by Kyle Grand