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12:25 PM ET 05.25 | With time winding down in the third quarter of the Pacers' Game 2 victory over the Heat, Paul George blew by LeBron James and proceeded to dunk on Chris Andersen. James responded by draining a 30-foot heave at the buzzer. After the breathtaking sequence, James approached George and slapped hands with him, telling the Pacers' emerging young star, "I got you back, young fella." It was a moment George said he will never forget, a moment symbolizing James' recognition that this Pacers group means business. After the game, James had more glowing words for George. "He's going to be a great one." The 23-year-old George had 22 points and six rebounds in Game 2, helping to atone for his late defensive gaffe against James in overtime of Game 1. George and Indiana now head home having stolen homecourt advantage.

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, Mike Ehrmann Mike Ehrmann
May 25, 2013  12:36 PM ET

That was a pretty cool moment, as I recall.

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May 25, 2013  12:40 PM ET

Posted Thursday May 23, 2013, About: Mavs shopping pick, eyeing Howard (and CP3)
QUOTE(#56): Originally posted 10:23 AM ET 05.23 by GhosTown

The only thing last night proved was what we already know. Lebron is a baddddddd dude.

And the Pacers missed a HUGE opportunity to get the only win they were probably going to get vs the Heat.

Everything went right for them and they still came up short.

All of the Heat's big 3 in foul trouble, Chalmers is hurt, Allen is off, Paul George, DWest and Hibbert goes off, and the Pacers still lose.

I don't think the Pacers recover from this.

I am telling you, Lebron perform open heart surgery last night with no anesthesia.






Yeah - they looked crushed last night.

May 25, 2013  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Posted Thursday May 23, 2013, About: Mavs shopping pick, eyeing Howard (and CP3)QUOTE(#56): Originally posted 10:23 AM ET 05.23 by GhosTownThe only thing last night proved was what we already know. Lebron is a baddddddd dude.And the Pacers missed a HUGE opportunity to get the only win they were probably going to get vs the Heat. Everything went right for them and they still came up short.All of the Heat's big 3 in foul trouble, Chalmers is hurt, Allen is off, Paul George, DWest and Hibbert goes off, and the Pacers still lose.I don't think the Pacers recover from this. I am telling you, Lebron perform open heart surgery last night with no anesthesia. Yeah - they looked crushed last night.

Ghost puts the Heatles and Lebron on a pedestal while disowning the Spurs and Wino Pop. Ghost will never give any team other than the Heat any credit. Homerism does cloud his mind a lot. He doesn't get how good a team the Pacers are...

May 25, 2013  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Posted Thursday May 23, 2013, About: Mavs shopping pick, eyeing Howard (and CP3)QUOTE(#56): Originally posted 10:23 AM ET 05.23 by GhosTownThe only thing last night proved was what we already know. Lebron is a baddddddd dude.And the Pacers missed a HUGE opportunity to get the only win they were probably going to get vs the Heat. Everything went right for them and they still came up short.All of the Heat's big 3 in foul trouble, Chalmers is hurt, Allen is off, Paul George, DWest and Hibbert goes off, and the Pacers still lose.I don't think the Pacers recover from this. I am telling you, Lebron perform open heart surgery last night with no anesthesia. Yeah - they looked crushed last night.

Paul George's coming out party was last season(his 2nd season) against the Mavs. I was there watching the game and he lit up the Mavs. I believe he had like 9 3-pointers and he hardly missed...

May 25, 2013  01:15 PM ET

Nice move BRON...

Hope it don't haunt you deep in the series...

To much praise on court is not always a good thing..GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP....

But....WHAT WOULD MJ HAVE DONE?

May 25, 2013  01:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Paul George's coming out party was last season(his 2nd season) against the Mavs. I was there watching the game and he lit up the Mavs. I believe he had like 9 3-pointers and he hardly missed...

Players have those nights where they go off on 3s, I don't think that defines them as anything. But Paul's ability to hit clutch free throws, Defend the best on the other teams, and his recognition from the coaches as an All-Star is his true elevation. 3s will fall and stop. Kyle Krover hit 9 3s the other day for the Hawks, that doesn't mean anything.

May 25, 2013  01:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Nice move BRON...Hope it don't haunt you deep in the series...To much praise on court is not always a good thing..GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP....But....WHAT WOULD MJ HAVE DONE?

WHAT WOULD MJ HAVE DONE? First, he wouldn't have let George blow by him for that dunk. Second, MJ while has probably the biggest ego, understood winning wars as opposed to battles. He knew ultimately it was all about closing out series which is why he never played a 7-game finals EVER. He is the "closer".

May 25, 2013  01:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Posted Thursday May 23, 2013, About: Mavs shopping pick, eyeing Howard (and CP3)QUOTE(#56): Originally posted 10:23 AM ET 05.23 by GhosTownThe only thing last night proved was what we already know. Lebron is a baddddddd dude.And the Pacers missed a HUGE opportunity to get the only win they were probably going to get vs the Heat. Everything went right for them and they still came up short.All of the Heat's big 3 in foul trouble, Chalmers is hurt, Allen is off, Paul George, DWest and Hibbert goes off, and the Pacers still lose.I don't think the Pacers recover from this. I am telling you, Lebron perform open heart surgery last night with no anesthesia. Yeah - they looked crushed last night.

Make sure you put the same effort in recalling my words when I am right.

Anyways, I have to give the Pacers credit for playing hard last night. They didn't fold.

But everyone on the Heat not named Lebron did. Bosh and Dwade need to give the Heat their money back because after leaving Lebron alone to do all the heavy lifting they owe him a part of their checks. That effort was totally pathetic.

They looked like the Miami Cavaliers not the Miami Heat.

May 25, 2013  02:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

WHAT WOULD MJ HAVE DONE? First, he wouldn't have let George blow by him for that dunk. Second, MJ while has probably the biggest ego, understood winning wars as opposed to battles. He knew ultimately it was all about closing out series which is why he never played a 7-game finals EVER. He is the "closer".

U DA MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAYNE

May 25, 2013  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Players have those nights where they go off on 3s, I don't think that defines them as anything. But Paul's ability to hit clutch free throws, Defend the best on the other teams, and his recognition from the coaches as an All-Star is his true elevation. 3s will fall and stop. Kyle Krover hit 9 3s the other day for the Hawks, that doesn't mean anything.

Korver has been in the league for awhile. That was George's 2nd year and that night when he hit those 9 3s seems to be the beginning of his coming out party. He didn't show much in his first year and was hardly getting off the bench. That game against the Mavs showed that he belongs w/ the big boys and from then on he started getting more PT. Even Lance Stephenson didn't get much PT last season....

May 25, 2013  02:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Make sure you put the same effort in recalling my words when I am right...

I assure you... I will.

This series is going at least 6 and maybe 7.

May 25, 2013  05:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I assure you... I will. This series is going at least 6 and maybe 7.

Assuming the refs don't interfere in artificially tilting the results.

May 25, 2013  07:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Posted Thursday May 23, 2013, About: Mavs shopping pick, eyeing Howard (and CP3)QUOTE(#56): Originally posted 10:23 AM ET 05.23 by GhosTownThe only thing last night proved was what we already know. Lebron is a baddddddd dude.And the Pacers missed a HUGE opportunity to get the only win they were probably going to get vs the Heat. Everything went right for them and they still came up short.All of the Heat's big 3 in foul trouble, Chalmers is hurt, Allen is off, Paul George, DWest and Hibbert goes off, and the Pacers still lose.I don't think the Pacers recover from this. I am telling you, Lebron perform open heart surgery last night with no anesthesia. Yeah - they looked crushed last night.

Don't believe anything written by someone posting as Ghostown.

May 26, 2013  06:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I assure you... I will. This series is going at least 6 and maybe 7.

NO the hell you won't, as soon as Lebron dispatches the Pacers I will never hear a peep out of you.

Like all the other Lebron and GhosTown haters, you only respond when Lebron loses a game.

But when he is winning it is as quiet as a mouse on these boards.

May 26, 2013  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Nice move BRON...Hope it don't haunt you deep in the series...To much praise on court is not always a good thing..GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP....But....WHAT WOULD MJ HAVE DONE?

Be a dick about it I guess.

 
May 26, 2013  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Be a dick about it I guess.

I always do find it amusing how much of a free pass - and not just a free pass - more like a nostalgic acclamation Michael Jordan receives for being a dick.

When Michael Jordan acted like a dick it's because he was a great basketball player.

When any other NBA player acts/acted like a dick... well it's because they were just a dick.

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