Post-Game Grades: Paul George Closes Out in Indiana Pacers Win Over Chicago Bulls

BY Fansided and Ben Gibson/FanSided via 8 Points, 9 Seconds • December 30, 2016

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The Indiana Pacers picked up a win over the Chicago Bulls thanks to another clutch fourth quarter from Paul George.

The Good: The Indiana Pacers decided to play 48 minutes of basketball and not throw it away in the final minutes. The Chicago Bulls tied it late against Indiana’s bench, but for the most part, the Pacers were in control of this game the entire time.

While Jeff Teague going 2 of 13 isn’t a good thing, posting a career high 17 assists — as many as the entire Bulls team — was a highlight in the game.

The Bad: The Pacers led by as much as 14 before the Bulls tied it back up twice, but they never led in this game and Indiana’s starters closed out the game by outscoring Chicago 14-4 in the final minutes.

MVP: Paul George scored 11 of his 32 points on the night in the final six minutes, aggressively attacking and converting all six of his free throws towards the end. Paul George has been better than ever closing out games this season — even if the team as a whole isn’t — and this win against Chicago was another example.

LVP: Rajon Rondo. Remember when some of you guys wanted to trade for him?

X-Factor: The Indiana Pacers were at their best when Glenn Robinson III was on the floor. So far, the Glenn Robinson III as a Starter Experiment seems to be paying off as he got another double-double as well, with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Paul George

Small Forward, Indiana Pacers

A+PG scored 32 points on 10 of 20 shooting, going an acceptable 3 of 10 from 3-point range.

Jeff Teague

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

A17 assists, and only 3 turnovers. 7 points, too.

Myles Turner

Center, Indiana Pacers

B+A solid 15 points and 3 rebounds.

Thaddeus Young

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers

A17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, and 6 rebounds.

Glenn Robinson III

Small Forward, Indiana Pacers

A12 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

C.J. Miles

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

B-8 points on 3 of 7 shooting. He is cooling down after a great start to the season, but still playing well.

Al Jefferson

Center, Indiana Pacers

B6 points and 7 rebounds.

Monta Ellis

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

CStill not at 100%, but had 2 points, 2 steals, an assist and a rebound off the bench.

Aaron Brooks

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

B8 points on a solid 3 of 5 shooting while making 2 of his 4 attempts from 3-point range.

Kevin Seraphin

Center, Indiana Pacers

B4 points, but closed out the game when Jefferson and Turner needed rest.

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