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Paul George Scores 13 Points in Return

Indiana Pacers star Paul George made his triumphant return to the court on Sunday night against the Miami Heat, and George made his presence felt in a key 112-89 victory.

George came off the bench and checked in to thunderous applause with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter:

George scored his first points of the season with 3:45 left in the first quarter on an awkward jumper: 

George played just 15 minutes, but he notched 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. His 5-of-12 mark from the field wasn’t anything special, but he shot 3-of-6 from long range and was a +12. There was some certainly some rust there with three turnovers, three fouls and three misses around the basket, but all in all, this was a very successful return.

The fact that George was on the court at all this season after his horrific leg injury in the summer was a success no matter how he played, so it was a huge plus to see him make some solid contributions. The Pacers are hoping they can use his return as a boost to get into the postseason, and the victory on Sunday was a big one. With the win over Miami, Indiana moved to 34-43, which is tied with the Heat and good for the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference. That record is just one game back of the Boston Celtics for the No. 8 seed.




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