Pacers drain franchise-record 19 three’s in win over Wizards
WASHINGTON (AP) – Paul George scored a season-high 40 points and made seven 3-pointers, part of a franchise-record 19 by the Indiana Pacers in a 123-106 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.
C.J. Miles added 32 points, his most since joining the Pacers before the start of last season, as Indiana won for the ninth time in 11 games.
Miles was 8 of 9 from beyond the arc, and George also missed only once from deep.
The Pacers finished 73.1 percent (19 of 26) from 3-point range, crushing their previous season high of 44.4 percent (12 of 27).
Gary Neal scored 23 points off the bench for the Wizards, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.
Bradley Beal added 20 points and John Wall scored 18 for Washington, which has lost five of its six games when it allows more than 110 points.
Even with George and Miles combining to shoot a perfect 9 of 9 beyond the arc before halftime, the Wizards remained close for much of the first half and even led for stretches of the second quarter.
But the Pacers failed to cool down and eventually pulled away.
Miles finally missed his first 3-point attempt midway through the third. He answered with his seventh and longest of the game to beat the shot clock and make it 81-74.
George’s turnaround jumper later in the quarter pushed it to 86-77, and then his pull-up 3 from the left wing made it 91-81, the first double-digit lead for either team.
Chase Budinger’s running jumper pushed it to 99-86 early in the fourth, and the Wizards never got closer than 10 after that.