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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Pacers Take Down Jazz


ORLANDO -- There was no quit in the Utah Jazz, but in the end, they didn't quite have enough in the tank to catch the Indiana Pacers.

Leading by as many as 23 in the first half, the Pacers had to scratch and crawl in the final minutes to earn an 83-74 triumph on Wednesday at the 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League.

The Jazz (1-2) closed within six with just over five minutes left in the game before Indiana (2-1) hit enough key shots and free throws to seal it.

Paul George may have changed some NBA fans' minds after his dynamic performance on Wednesday.

The 10th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft registered 15 points, hauled down nine rebounds and dished out three assists.

Not many people heard of the former Fresno State star prior to the draft. When he was taken by the Pacers, critics quickly questioned the pick. But George, who starred at Fresno State for two years, showed he is a multi-dimensional scorer, astute defender and solid rebounder.

George, nonetheless, wasn't the only Pacer to flourish. Josh McRoberts, one of the more experienced players at Summer League, powered home 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 10-of-10 from the foul line. He also had four assists.

A 2007 second-round draft pick, McRoberts hopes next season is the year he helps the Pacers advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Lance Stephenson had another fine outing  scoring 19 points  and Magnum Rolle tallied 10 points and eight rebounds.

Kosta Koufos led the Jazz with 19 points, while Othyus Jeffers scored 11.

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