Paul George provided the NBA All-Star Game with some highlights, but wasn’t nearly as explosive as he was last year, scoring 12 points and pulling in five rebounds. The Indiana Pacers star couldn’t find his stroke from three point range, missing all seven of his attempts, but did come up with some nice dunks, including a Tracy McGrady off-the-backboard jam.
#PaulGeorge taking a page out of T-Mac's #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/94OG87UrgB— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 20, 2017
George also had a pair of alley oops from other players, including this one from John Wall:
#JohnWall finds #PaulGeorge for the reverse. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/c8PCFav96y— NBA (@NBA) February 20, 2017
George fell just one point shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star Game scoring record, but it wouldn’t have stood past this year, with Anthony Davis scoring 52 points (Russell Westbrook also tied George’s 41 from 2016) in a 192-182 Western Conference victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Eastern Conference with 30 points.
With Myles Turner reaching double figures in the Rising Stars Challenge and Glenn Robinson III winning the Slam Dunk Contest, this All-Star Weekend proved a successful one for the Pacers, who will spend this week getting rejuvenated for a difficult stretch run and playoff push. How the team will look when they tip off against Memphis on Friday is anyone’s guess with the deadline coming Thursday, but there’s plenty of motivation to snap the team’s current six game losing streak.