Indiana Pacers star Paul George scored 17 of his 23 points in the third quarter as his team beat the Toronto Raptors 91-84 Friday night for 6-0. The undefeated mark ties the franchise record for the best start in the team’s history.
“He’s Paul,” Toronto’s Rudy Gay said.
George started off slow but bounced back from only scoring five points in the first half.
“Thank God he just stopped making those contested shots,” George said. “It was frustrating because he was hitting some tough ones, but in this league, jump shots don’t always last. So I was just trying to pressure up and contest all his shots.”
Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers to help them remain the NBA’s only undefeated team.
“Everybody has to sacrifice something,” Hibbert said. “It’s somebody different every night. I don’t expect to have 20-point nights all the time.”
Indiana improved to 6-0 to tie the franchise record that was set in 1970-71, when the team was part of the American Basketball Association (ABA).