PG was aggressive getting to the basket as he was fouled 8 times by the Lakers and went to the line 12 times, making all 12 free throws. He knew what his team needed and delivered.
As Jon R. LaFollette — now writing for Nuvo — writes, this was Paul George being the player we know he is capable of being.
With the Pacers trailing by one-point late in the game, George knew it was his moment. He’s the three-time All-Star. He’s the team’s elite player. He’s the one who is supposed to sink big-time buckets.
Consider it done. Not once, not twice, but on three consecutive possessions. The first coming from 18 feet, courtesy of Teague to put the Pacers up 107-106. Then came the turnaround jump shot from the same distance only 30 seconds later.
But the coup de grâce came with 1:08 to go when his stepback jumper over D’Angelo Russell met the bottom of the net. So amped was PG, he took a moment to trash talk the Lakers bench to remind everyone who the best player on the court was.
While PG’s heroics reminded us he’s one of the top 10 players in the NBA, the Pacers shouldn’t have trouble putting away a younger and less experienced team like the Los Angeles Lakers. Hats off to Los Angeles though for not simply rolling over when they’re behind on the scoreboard.