A monster second half from Paul George helped fuel the Indiana Pacers to a Game 1 upset of the Toronto Raptors in the opening game of the NBA Playoffs. George had 27 of his game high 33 in the last two quarters. Indiana trailed by as many as eight in the second quarter, but fought back to close within two points at the break. In the second half, George had 17 points as the Pacers outscored Toronto 57-45 in the second half.
Indiana had mountains of trouble with Jonas Valanciunas early, but Myles Turner had an impressive first playoff game, helping to lead Valanciunas into foul trouble and eventually fouling out. While George was tremendous, steady and reliable play from Monta Ellis (15 points on 5-12 shooting) and Solomon Hill (13 points, 10-10 from the free throw line) was huge in closing out the win late.
The Pacers take a 1-0 series lead against Toronto, with Game 2 taking place on Monday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.