Sunday, April 21, 2013
George did everything he could possibly do
By ESPN Stats & Information
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Paul George excelled in getting to the basket, getting points for himself and others.
Paul George was a do-it-all player on both the offensive and defensive ends for the Indiana Pacers in their Game 1 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
This was the second triple-double in Pacers history (the other was by Mark Jackson in 1998).
It was also one of the more unusual triple doubles, statistically speaking, in NBA playoff history.
The Elias Sports Bureau confirmed that George was the fourth player in NBA Playoffs history to have a triple-double in a game in which he had three field goals or fewer.
The others were Lenny Wilkens (1966 Hawks), Wes Unseld (1971 Bullets) and Magic Johnson (twice for the Lakers in 1982).
George is the only one of those to score more than 13 points in his triple-double. He finished with 23, 17 of which came from the free throw line. That tied Reggie Miller’s record for free throws in a playoff game.
As for his passing, George's 12 assists led to 27 Pacers points, eight of which were points in the paint. Roy Hibbert, Lance Stephenson and David West were the beneficiaries on 10 of George's 12 assists.
George got three assists from drive-and-kicks (all leading to 3-pointers), three when posting up, three feeding the roll man in the pick & roll, two in transition, and one on a pass into the post.
Lastly on the defensive side, the Hawks were 4-for-11 with 11 points and three turnovers with George as the primary defender.
Kyle Korver and Josh Smith were a combined 2-for-7 from the field when defended by George.