Paul George and C.J. Miles caught fire Tuesday night and kept scorching the nets as the Indiana Pacers set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers in a 123-106 road win over the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center.
George and Miles combined to make 15-of-17 3-pointers — Miles hit a career-high eight with only one miss while George had seven in eight attempts— as the Pacers pulled away for their ninth win in 11 games after an 0-3 start.
Both enjoyed scoring season highs, George with 40 and Miles 32. It's just the third time in team history the Pacers have had two scorers with 40 and 30 points in a game. The last time it happened was John Williamson and Adrian Dantley in 1977. The other game was with Billy Knight and Dave Robisch, also in 1977.
The Pacers’ 19-of-26 3-point shooting (73 percent) was the highest percentage from beyond the arc in NBA history for a team attempting at least 25 3-pointers, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
“First time I’ve seen something like that,” said a smiling George in an Associated Press report.
Added Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the same AP story: “When I’m standing this close to you and you’re still making shots, I mean, what else do you want us to do?”
George’s 40 points were three shy of his six-year career high. He’s scored at least 20 points in 10 consecutive games to boost his season average to 25.9 points.
Miles’ 32 points were the most he’s scored since joining the Pacers last season. The 11th-year pro is averaging 15.9 points in 11 games, well ahead of his best season average.
The Pacers’ previous 3-point record was 17, most recently tied in March against Orlando.
It’s the second consecutive game Indiana has scored 123 points, a season high.
Indiana made seven 3-pointers in the opening quarter and shot 13-of-19 from the floor. The Wizards (8-4) stayed close and trailed by only one at halftime before the Pacers outscored their hosts 61-45 in the second half.
Point guard George Hill returned after missing three games with upper respiratory infection and scored 14 points.
The Pacers return home Friday to play the Chicago Bulls (9-4) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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