Paul George picked up his scoring and the Indiana Pacers pieced together their best overall game of the season to top the Boston Celtics 100-98. George had 26 points on 8-18 shooting, including five three pointers to lead Indiana, coming through with George Hill on the defensive end on the game's final possession with the Celtics having a chance to win or force overtime.
George was one of two double doubles for the Pacers, who in addition to his 26 had 10 rebounds. Jordan Hill also threw in a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Monta Ellis also reached double figures with 13 points and eight assists. Glenn Robinson III made his Pacers debut tonight, reaching double figures with 10 points on 3-4 shooting. Robinson put himself in the right place all night to make the perfect play, giving Indiana the lift their bench needed. yles Turner and Rodney Stuckey scored seven apiece.
A strong first quarter proved to be enough for Indiana, who staved off a surging Celtics team led by Isaiah Thomas. Thomas had 27 on the night, including a trio of threes in the fourth to push Boston into position to steal a win in their first road game. But his drive and dish to Avery Bradley on the game's final possession went awry as George Hill challenged the game winning attempt.
The Pacers pick up action on Friday night against the Miami Heat, where they'll debut their Hickory High alternate uniforms.