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Pacers Links: Paul George starts new year in beast mode for Pacers

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After another strong performance by Paul George, coach Frank Vogel referred to his young wing player as simply a beast at both ends of the floor.

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Indiana Pacers wing Paul George picked his spots an tuned up the Washington Wizards for 29 points and 14 rebounds in the Pacers win on Wednesday night.

George made a nice double-pump layup and then knocked down a jumper with about eight minutes left in the game to fend off the pesky Wizards and push the Pacers lead up to 13 points. PG didn't score again but from there the Pacers held on to beat the Wiz thanks to six consecutive free throw makes from D.J. Augustin.

But it was George who fueled the win for the Pacers and after the game Frank Vogel expressed his appreciation for how well George is playing of late.

"Paul George is becoming a beast of a player at both ends of the floor," Vogel said. "He's probably the best wing defenders in the league. It was a dominant performance by him at both ends."

Fortunately, PG stepped up in an otherwise nondescript W that had a few highlights along with plenty of yawns and hoops follies. Things should get much more interesting for the Pacers now with Boston, Milwaukee, Miami and New York next up on the schedule with those last three games all at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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