INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George and the Pacers got one win Wednesday night.
Now comes the hard part: Winning an elimination game at Miami against LeBron James and the Heat.
George scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and inspired his teammates to withstand the Heat’s frantic late charge to help keep the Pacers’ once-promising season alive with a 93-90 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
“We have to go and basically do the impossible, which is go down there and beat them in front of an unbelievable crowd with unbelievable energy and knowing that LeBron is going to come back and try to respond,” Pacers forward David West said after finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds. “We’ve got an ultimate challenge in front of us. I think guys are up for it.”
While George fell just short of his career playoff high (39) and four points short of Reggie Miller’s franchise record for points in an NBA playoff game, he also had six rebounds, six steals and only three turnovers in 45 minutes. And he helped limit James to a career playoff-low seven points in 24
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