Paul George could not miss against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday — especially if he was behind the three-point line. George scored 40 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists on 14-of-19 shooting — and 7-of-8 from deep — as the Indiana Pacers lit up the scoreboard in their 123-106 win in Washington.
It didn't matter whether George was playing small forward or power forward — he was in a zone. He made his first six shots from deep before finally missing one with less than a second left in the third quarter. And he didn't slow down in the fourth, coming off the bench after a rest and hitting his first attempt from deep. George just missed his previous career-high of 43 points.
He had his way against the Wizards' defense whether coming off of a screen or creating his own shot. Bradley Beal didn't stand a chance when George went behind his back before this step-back three.
It wasn't just George who was on fire. C.J. Miles was 8-of-9 from deep for 32 points and the Pacers were 19-of-26 as a team.
After the game, George joked that he and Miles were the "East Coast Splash Brothers."
And it wasn't just threes for George and the Pacers. He was going off from everywhere on the court.
The Wizards, to their credit, didn't have a terrible shooting night. They shot a respectable 39.4 percent from deep.
It wasn't enough against a Pacers team that could not miss. It's a Pacers team that is 9-2 in their last 11 games after starting the season 0-3. George has been phenomenal in that stretch. He's scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games. He is singlehandedly keeping the Pacers relevant.
Any worry about whether missing a year after breaking his leg is officially gone.