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.