Just as he did in last season’s BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Paul George, a first-time Eastern Conference All-Star, made the most of his time in the spotlight. Making up for his lackluster performance in the all-star 3-point shooting contest on Saturday night, George took to the court in the game on Sunday night as a reserve player, but performed like a pro. Paul George not only represented the NBA in a good way, but played in a way that would make the rest of the Pacers proud.
Paul George was just the fifth member of the Indiana Pacers to be named to the All-Star team in the last ten years. George played only twenty minutes in the game, but showed signs of what could possibly become the first of many All-Star appearances for the 22-year-old pro, who was making his All-Star debut in just his third year in the league. Once the game was over, Paul George finished with a stat line of 17 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals, and no turnovers. George also hit seven of his 13 shot attempts during the game.
The beginning of the game was rough for the All-Star rookie. George missed his first three shots. Indiana’s MVP came back after a cold start, by hitting his next five shots in a row. George was a key part to the Eastern Conference teams’ attempt at a surge late in the game, but his team fell short in the end. The East lost 143-138, but Paul George helped to prove that the Indiana Pacers are back in action.