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George has 37 points to lead Pacers over Blazers 118-111

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George did what the three-time All-Star does best.

He scored a season-high 37 points, including 13 straight in the fourth quarter, to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Portland Trail Blazers 118-111 on Saturday night.

''That's the Paul George we are accustomed to,'' forward Myles Turner said. ''It was good to see him find that groove.''

George missed the game at Portland on Nov. 30 when the Pacers lost 131-109, and because of injuries and a five-game trip out West, he hadn't even played at home in more than two weeks.

George made up for lost time, putting on a show with five 3-pointers and the fourth-quarter rally in his first game back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since Nov. 23. Thaddeus Young hit a career-high six 3s while getting 24 points and nine rebounds, and Turner added 14 points for the Pacers, who had lost five straight regular season games to Portland.

''I thought Thaddeus was the biggest player of us all tonight,'' George said. ''I was the one who was there late in the game, but he was the one who kept us in the game.''

C.J. McCollum made a career-high seven 3-pointers and had a season-best 34 points for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard had 33 points behind five 3s.

George scored 13 straight points in the fourth quarter for Indiana. He was fouled on the go-ahead basket with 4:36 remaining and completed the three-point play to give the Pacers a 108-105 lead.

Indiana didn't even take its first lead until Al Jefferson was fouled on a basket and made the bonus free throw to put the Pacers ahead for the first time 99-98 with 8:34 left in the fourth quarter. Then McCollum scored seven straight points to give the Trail Blazers the lead again before George took over.

The Pacers trailed by 20 points after Portland didn't waste much time taking a lead right from the start.

Lillard, who scored 28 points in Portland's win over Indiana on Nov. 30, had a big first quarter with 19 points and five 3-pointers.

''It's the same thing,'' Lillard said. ''We start off the game well and we build a lead, but we know the other team is going to make a run. We're just not getting it done.''

He made back-to-back 3s to put the Trail Blazers ahead 26-11 with 5:59 remaining in the first, and McCollum's 3-pointer with 8:09 left in the second quarter gave the Trail Blazers a 58-38 lead.

George made back-to-back 3-pointers with under a minute to go in the first half. His 3 with 25.3 second remaining put the Pacers within seven to trail 71-64 at the half.

3-POINT SHOOTOUT

Portland finished with 16 3-pointers - just one shy of tying their season best. It became a 3-point shootout during different stretches throughout the game. McCollum made one in the third quarter to put Portland ahead 82-73, but George answered with a 3 before McCollum made another. Young scored three 3s during a stretch in the third to cut the deficit to six.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Their 44 points in the first quarter were the most Portland has scored in a quarter this season and the 13 points in the fourth was the fewest scored in a quarter. ... Lillard had nine assists. ... Mason Plumlee had eight points and nine rebounds.

Pacers: Jefferson finished with 10 points off the bench. ... Monta Ellis had 10 points and five assists.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Monday they travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers.

Pacers: Monday they host Charlotte and try to snap a four-game losing streak to the Hornets.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
P. George
13 SF
35.2 Min. Per Game 35.2
20.8 Pts. Per Game 20.8
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
7.5 Reb. Per Game 7.5
45.6 Field Goal % 44.3
36.2 Three Point % 39.0
88.9 Free Throw % 92.2
+ 2 Damian Lillard made driving layup 0:11
+ 1 Rodney Stuckey made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Rodney Stuckey made 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on CJ McCollum 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Rodney Stuckey 0:19
  Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
  Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
  20-second timeout called 0:27
+ 1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:31
+ 1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 0:27
  Personal foul on Mason Plumlee 0:27
Team Stats
Points 111 118
Field Goals 40-82 (48.8%) 40-83 (48.2%)
3-Pointers 16-37 (43.2%) 15-29 (51.7%)
Free Throws 15-16 (93.8%) 23-28 (82.1%)
Total Rebounds 45 46
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 32 29
Team 4 7
Assists 22 24
Steals 6 11
Blocks 4 9
Turnovers 19 13
Fouls 20 13
Technicals 0 0
33 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
37 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 12-13 44272713111
home team logo Pacers 12-12 31332628118
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 12-13 114.6 PPG 47.7 RPG 23.0 APG
home team logo Pacers 12-12 107.9 PPG 43.1 RPG 25.9 APG
Key Players
C. McCollum SG 21.3 PPG 4.0 RPG 2.9 APG 46.3 FG%
P. George SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. McCollum SG 34 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
P. George SF 37 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
48.8 FG% 48.2
43.2 3PT FG% 51.7
93.8 FT% 82.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. McCollum 34 4 4 12/22 7/11 3/3 1 37 0 3 3 1 3 0 46
D. Lillard 33 3 9 10/24 5/14 8/9 4 37 0 0 2 1 2 0 52
M. Plumlee 8 9 2 3/4 0/0 2/2 4 26 0 0 4 1 8 0 17
M. Harkless 7 1 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 2 31 1 0 1 1 0 0 8
E. Davis 6 10 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 34 2 1 2 4 6 0 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. McCollum 34 4 4 12/22 7/11 3/3 1 37 0 3 3 1 3 0 46
D. Lillard 33 3 9 10/24 5/14 8/9 4 37 0 0 2 1 2 0 52
M. Plumlee 8 9 2 3/4 0/0 2/2 4 26 0 0 4 1 8 0 17
M. Harkless 7 1 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 2 31 1 0 1 1 0 0 8
E. Davis 6 10 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 34 2 1 2 4 6 0 21
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Crabbe 8 5 3 3/4 2/2 0/0 4 26 1 0 1 0 5 0 19
N. Vonleh 6 2 0 2/2 0/0 2/2 1 7 0 0 0 1 1 0 8
E. Turner 5 3 2 2/6 1/2 0/0 1 21 2 0 2 0 3 0 12
M. Leonard 4 4 0 2/7 0/4 0/0 2 22 0 0 2 0 4 0 6
A. Aminu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Connaughton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ezeli - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Napier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Quarterman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 41 22 40/82 16/37 15/16 20 241 6 4 19 9 32 0 189
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 37 5 3 13/27 5/10 6/7 2 36 3 0 2 1 4 0 49
T. Young 24 9 2 9/13 6/8 0/0 1 40 2 3 3 3 6 0 39
M. Turner 14 8 1 5/8 1/1 3/4 3 33 1 3 0 3 5 0 28
M. Ellis 10 0 5 2/3 0/1 6/7 1 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
J. Teague 9 1 6 3/7 2/2 1/2 2 30 2 1 3 0 1 0 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 37 5 3 13/27 5/10 6/7 2 36 3 0 2 1 4 0 49
T. Young 24 9 2 9/13 6/8 0/0 1 40 2 3 3 3 6 0 39
M. Turner 14 8 1 5/8 1/1 3/4 3 33 1 3 0 3 5 0 28
M. Ellis 10 0 5 2/3 0/1 6/7 1 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
J. Teague 9 1 6 3/7 2/2 1/2 2 30 2 1 3 0 1 0 22
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Jefferson 10 8 1 4/9 0/0 2/3 1 15 0 1 0 2 6 0 21
R. Stuckey 6 3 2 1/5 0/2 4/4 2 27 0 0 3 0 3 0 10
G. Robinson III 5 1 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 0 1 0 5
A. Brooks 3 2 2 1/6 0/2 1/1 0 13 2 0 1 1 1 0 10
C. Miles 0 2 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 14 1 1 0 0 2 0 8
L. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Seraphin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Christmas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 118 39 24 40/83 15/29 23/28 13 241 11 9 13 10 29 0 212