After the Indiana Pacers finally put away the New Orleans Hornets in overtime, Brooke Olzendam interviewed Paul George to get his immediate reaction to scoring a career-high 37 points which included a franchise record nine three-pointers.
PG's big night included 37 points on 13 of 21 shots from the field. He made nine of 13 three-point attempts along with two of three free throws. When Brooke sought PG's thoughts about breaking Reggie Miller's team record for three-pointers in a game, the young swingman seemed taken aback that he had just surpassed the Pacers Hall of Famer whose legendary career was highlighted by the shots he made from behind the arc.
PG literally couldn't muster up the words to react and seemed more relieved that the Pacers had won the game. It was like a sign of respect for Reggie's career accomplishments. PG would love to be talked about in reference to Reggie at some point in his career, but he's not worthy yet and despite the record breaking night, PG was more comfortable talking about the team and their win.
Obviously that's what matters most and without George's heroics they don't win this game. His three fourth quarter 3-balls put the Pacers in position to win in regulation after the Hornets had control of the game throughout most of the fourth quarter.
Then PG hit a couple more threes to put the Pacers in control in OT and now the win and PG's line are Pacers history.
So what happened in the two games when Reggie Miller knocked down eight three pointers?
According to Basketball Reference, George's game joins 50 other nine three-point games in the NBA. The list of players with eight three-pointers includes Reggie's game on March 28, 1997. Reggie also knocked down eight treys against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 18, 1993.
The most recent game was eerily similar to what we witnessed tonight. On that night in late March, the Pacers won a tight game over the Charlotte Hornets (before they moved to New Orleans), 119-117. Reggie scored 39 points on 11 of 17 shots including eight of 10 three-pointers. Reg also made nine of 10 free throws to help lead the Pacers to a win.
Against the Bucks, Reggie made his eight threes as part of a 36-point game the Pacers won 108-98. Reggie wasn't shy in this one,shooting 16 of his 21 field goal attempts from three-land.
Since PG made two of his threes in overtime, Reggie can still lay claim to the team record for threes in regulation. I have a feeling PG wouldn't mind making that distinction.