The Indiana Pacers caught fire against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night, going 19-of-26 from three-point range in a 123-106 victory. Those 19 three-pointers set a franchise record, and the 73 percent shooting from distance set an all-time record for a team that took at least 25 three-pointers in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The two biggest contributors were Paul George and C.J. Miles. George has been playing at an MVP level throughout much of this season, and he continued with a magnificent 40-point outing in which he went 7-of-8 from long distance. Miles one-upped George by going 8-of-9 from three, meaning the two combined to shoot an absurd 15-of-17 from three:
George is now shooting a scorching hot 45.7 percent from three on 6.6 attempts per game. But again, Miles has one-upped George thus far with 45.9 percent three-point shooting on 6.7 attempts per game. With these two forwards leading the way, the Pacers lead the NBA in three-point percentage at 41.6 percent, just ahead of the Golden State Warriors, who are at an even 41 percent.
Indiana committed to a new philosophy this season that featured a renewed focus on offense, and it’s paying off right now thanks to this hot three-point shooting. These numbers will likely regress a bit at some point, but right now, the Pacers are enjoying a lot of success because of it. Indiana is 9-5 on the season.