Like any good entertainer, Paul George sensed the moment. The Indiana Pacers had countered the adversity on Saturday night and pulled away from the Los Angeles Clippers. So when a one-man fast break opportunity began to unfold in the fourth quarter, George knew the time was right to put on a show. As the Pacers defeated the Clippers 106-92, George scored with a game-high 36 points and even made 5-of-6 3-point shots but nothing quite matched his reverse 360-degree windmill slam dunk with less than 6 minutes to play. "Unbelievable," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "Probably the best dunk I've ever seen live," teammate George Hill praised. "Aww man, that was incredible. I've never seen that in a live NBA game," Lance Stephenson celebrated. "That dunk was off the charts." On a night when George played the showman, the Pacers (32-7) displayed the full strength of the roster. Just before halftime, starting power forward David West earned an ejection for elbowing Blake Griffin in the head. On top of that, his replacement, Luis Scola, as well as center Roy Hibbert fought against foul trouble through the second half. The frontcourt looked so thin that even Danny Granger had to step into the four spot. The problems kept piling on as the surging Clippers' squad trimmed a 16-point halftime lead to just 81-72 in the fourth quarter. However, the Pacers survived in spite of the obstacles. Stephenson, who stepped up for 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, scored two twice to extend the lead back to double digits and the Pacers continued to roll — to the point when George took flight, Indiana extended the lead to 20 points.
Paul George scores 36 in 106-92 Pacers victory over Clippers
Indianapolis Star | Jan 19