The Indiana Pacers are playing the Miami Heat tougher than anyone thought they would and it’s starting to pay off late in the game. One of the reasons the Pacers are staying so close to the Heat is because of elevating play from Paul George — who is elevating in more than one way. While George is metaphorically rising as a superstar in this series, he literally elevated over Chris “Birdman” Andersen late in the third quarter.
George posterized the Birdman after beating LeBron James on the dribble and driving to the basket.
Indiana at one point led by as much as 13 points in the game which seemed to put them in a controlling position. It was thanks to plays like that one from George that the Pacers are even in this series and it’s a major factor in term of their success in both Game 1 and Game 2 Friday night in Miami.
One of the cooler moments of the game happened after the dunk by George where LeBron James burned the Heat on a buzzer beating three pointer and proceeded to shake hands with George as the two headed to their respective benches. It was a stunning display of sportsmanship between the two best players in this series and let the world know that what’s in store between both LeBron and George is going to elevate above simple entertaining basketball.