Paul George pulled a win out of his back pocket for the Indiana Pacers, taking control of the game when Indiana needed it the most. The Los Angeles Lakers kept the game close in the fourth quarter, eventually taking the lead as the Pacers struggled getting stops. George hit three crucial jumpers in a row and came up with a huge block to lead the Pacers to the win column.
George had 30 to lead Indiana with seven rebounds and four steals, shooting 12-12 from the free throw line. Monta Ellis had some big buckets in the fourth, scoring 17. C.J. Miles led the bench with 16 points and Thaddeus Young had 14. Indiana struggled with turnovers in the second half to give life to the Lakers and allowed far too much on defense, but as George said after the game, it was a gut-check, a game Indiana couldn't afford to let get away from them.