Pacers forward Paul George nailed a Paul George Womens Jersey three-pointer from near midcourt during Indiana¡¯s 101-94 home victory over Detroit on Wednesday.This one looks absolutely insane at first glance but it turns out there was a fairly reasonable explanation.With a little more than three minutes remaining and the reeling Pacers clinging to a one-point lead, Roy Hibbert attempted a shot in traffic and came up with his own offensive rebound. Looking to reset the offense to run some clock and get a play, Hibbert kicked the ball out to George, who was unguarded near the center circle. George initially motioned for Indiana to calm down and get organized. There was only one problem: the shot clock was slow to reset, leading George to decide that he should pull the trigger to avoid a possible shot-clock violation. With one foot on the center circle, George launched a pull-up three-pointer that swished in, and the improbable long shot brought a smile to his face.
Of course, the shot clock reset right about the same http://www.officialpacers.com/Authentic-Lance-Stephenson-Jersey time he entered his shooting motion, taking the absurdity to another level.In a walk-off interview with Fox Sports Indiana, George called the shot the ¡°wildest¡± three-pointer of his career, but he wanted to make it clear he wasn¡¯t just hoisting for hoisting¡¯s sake. ¡°They reset [the shot clock] as I was shooting,¡± he explained. ¡°They kind of messed me up.¡±Clearing the air was a smart move. An All-Star chucking from roughly 40 feet with 20+ seconds left on the clock in the closing minutes of a tight game would have been pretty unseemly, especially considering Hibbert¡¯s recent suggestion that some of his teammates were ¡°selfish¡± and also in light of George¡¯s recent shooting struggles (he¡¯s shooting 39.4 percent overall and 33.3 percent from deep since the All-Star Break). Instead of a debate of George¡¯s motives, though, we get to simply enjoy an outrageously entertaining bomb.George finished with a game-high 27 points (on 9-for-19 shooting), 13 rebounds and seven assists. David West added 15 points (on 7-for-10 shooting), eight rebounds and three assists for Indiana. Josh Smith led the Pistons with 24 points (on 9-for-20 shooting) and five rebounds. Greg Monroe added 17 points (on 6-for-21 shooting) and 16 rebounds in a losing effort.Indiana snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 53-23 with the win. Detroit dropped to 27-48 with the loss.The Pacers got back to their winning ways Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, Tomas Plekanec Authentic Jersey visiting Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the final time this season.
Indiana (53-23) snapped its three-game skid by shooting 49 percent, tallying 24 assists, and holding the Pistons (28-48) to 37 percent shooting in a 101-94 victory before the 26th sellout crowd of the season.Unlike games in recent weeks, the Pacers came out loose and with smiles on their faces ¡ª a likely result of a meeting between the starters held the day before, an off day for the team coming off two consecutive games. Their demeanor appeared much improved and their energy was contagious. Still, the Pistons, who¡¯ve lost all but one of their last 16 road contests, struck first. Their frontline of Josh Smith and Greg Monroe combined for 21 of their first 23 points. But after falling behind by nine, the Pacers ended the first period on a 12-2 run and took their first lead since a minute into the contest at 28-27.The ¡°fun¡± the team so desired finally returned midway through the second stanza ¡ª with Lance Stephenson, providing the initial burst of energy with an emphatic driving dunk. He helped the Pacers run off 10 straight points, assisting on two possessions. The Pacers held the Pistons to 19 points on 28 percent shooting in the second quarter, put 50 first-half points on the board, and were ahead by four heading into the locker room. Indiana¡¯s offensive execution carried into the second half, perfectly illustrated by a play where Lance Stephenson understood he wasn¡¯t getting anywhere with his dribble. He picked it up, tossed it into the post to Roy Hibbert, who backed his man down before finding a cutting George Hill for a layup.The Pistons, however, jumped back in front by closing the period on a 12-4 run and outscoring the Pacers by five.But the Pacers rallied once again to lead for much of the final period. Luis Scola scored the go-ahead basket onhttp://www.officialcanadiens.com/Red+Travis+Moen+Jersey a rebound putback with 9:19 remaining. The Pistons threatened numerous times, but this time it was the Pacers who closed the game out by controlling the glass, scoring 13 second-chance points in the final period. After feeling good about their play in the past two games, tonight the Pacers saw their shots go through the hoop, converting 49 percent of their attempts. They dug in on defense, and despite giving up 17 offensive boards, they got the stops necessary to come out on top. Paul George, who led all scorers with 27 points, has put a greater emphasis into facilitating as teams are playing him tighter, but he also attacked when he could.The movement, passing, and individual efforts were much improved, but it¡¯s going to take more than one win for the Pacers to completely rediscover their previous form. Their next opportunity comes Friday in Toronto. The Pacers finished with six players in double figures. Indiana improved to 13-2 this season when all five starters score 10 or more points. Paul George was happy to face the Pistons again. He finished with 27 points, 13 rebounds ,and seven assists ¡ª his best effort since playing Detroit on March 15.David West was 7-for-10 from the floor for 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and two rejections. Ian Mahinmi was effective in 19 minutes off the bench, reaching double figures for the fourth time this season (10 points), grabbing five rebounds, and blocking three shots.
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