Indiana Pacers wing Paul George has been one of the NBA's great revelations so far this season, an All-Star who elevated his game to superstar levels and arguably has taken greater strides than he did when he earned Most Improved Player honors in 2013.
On Thursday, one day after being voted as an All-Star Game starter for the first time, George added another amazing moment to his growing resume. With the Pacers down to the Sacramento Kings 103-99 and only 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the NBA's best team looked on a course to a loss against one of the league's worst outfits. Then, George improbably made a three-pointer and was fouled on the shot by Derrick Williams. He nailed the free throw and Isaiah Thomas could not respond on the Kings' final possession of regulation, forcing overtime.
In truth, George was very fortunate to get this call. While Williams got close to him, it's not clear that any substantive contact was made. With George becoming a bigger name around the sport, it's possible that he got this foul due partially to reputation.
Of course, George proved why he's developing that reputation many times throughout the game, including in overtime, when the Pacers won it 116-111. He scored eight of the Pacers' 13 OT points and grabbed steals on consecutive possessions in the final minute with the Kings needing a three-pointer to tie. In all, George logged 36 points (12-of-22 FG), five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and two assists in 38 minutes. As ever, George changed the outcome from both ends of the floor.
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