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Paul George drops 43 in loss to Trail Blazers (VIDEO)

Dec 3, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Portland won the game, 106-102.. The Trail Blazers magical run to start the season continues with a win over the NBA’s best team to start the season. They should be excited in the Pacific Northwest, they are building something there that could be very good in a couple of years.

But in that win Indiana’s Paul George almost stole the show (and the game) — he dropped a career high 43 points in the game.

Seventeen of those came in the fourth quarter, including hitting some threes despite great defense from Wes Mathews, who was all but inside his jersey. The Trail Blazers forced him to take a lot of bad shots, he just hit them. George looked like the emerging superstar he has become this season and the go-to scorer some thought Indiana lacked. George just quiets the Portland crowd again and again.

(By the way, note to Trail Blazers fans who based on my twitter timeline have some sort of inferiority complex and feel they didn’t get enough credit for a December win over the Pacers — relax. It’s a great win, your team is off to an amazing start. This was one of the most fun games of the season so far. Also understand you beat a Pacers that played the Clippers the day before in Los Angeles then played the second-toughest back-to-back in the league [yes, Portland had the same back-to-back, but the Clips are the more physical matchup]. Also, when you have the 21st ranked defense in the NBA [points allowed per possession] and the point differential of a 12-6 team, we think you will come back to earth some. Still, this is a very good team with a potentially very bright future. Don’t get too wound up over games this early in the season.)

  1. spthegr8 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Remind’s me a lil of another guy that wears #24 but, when he was wearing #8. Just Saying”!!!! IMO, He is the 3rd best player in the league right now!!!

  2. jamesinva - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    This is exactly why Portland fans including myself cant help but to get irritated.

    “Also understand you beat a Pacers that played the Clippers the day before in Los Angeles then played the second-toughest back-to-back in the league [anything with the second night in Denver is first”

    The Pacers played an early Sunday game against the Clippers then flew up to Portland. The Trail Blazers played a night game against the Lakers then flew up to Portland.

    Why are you giving the Pacers excuses when the Trail Blazers were also on a back to back? And then you talk about defensive ratings to try to prove that they will fall back down? Again, why not praise and give kudos to the effort they played; Paul George goes OFF and is clearly a superstar but the Blazers really put together a great team game and got the W, yet my bad…the Pacers were on a back to back so thats why they lost. Please..

    • cbrown386 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      As a Pacers fan I have to agree. I have a ton of respect for that Portland team and they played great last night. A well deserved win, absolutely. Not sure how someone can dog on a team for beating the (so far) best team in the NBA when they write articles about the Heat beating teams under .500 every week and the Knicks arguing at practice.

      I couldn’t be more excited to have PG locked down in Indiana, but that Lillard kid in Portland has a very bright future as well. That 3 he nailed at the end of the game sealed it. Looking forward to seeing more of him as, hopefully, some smaller market teams get some recognition.

      • jamesinva - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        Pacers fans are very similar to Trail Blazers fans IMO. 2 small market teams, both been screwed many times in the playoffs, minimal media love, etc. We have been through a lot of the same things and the respect we have for each other is fantastic. Did you all see the twitter exchanges Hibbert had with Aldridge? Maybe the whole league wouldnt like this but I would LOVE a Blazers Pacers NBA finals. I bet you that goes 7 games and whoever wins, there will be a lot of love & respect afterwards.

    • patsfan92 - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      dont worry about it man. all they have to do is keep winning and stay the course. the media will be sucking portland without kneepads soon enough

  3. dj3garrett - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Read the title and said to myself, “man PG was ballin” then I saw how he took 30 shots… He’s star player, but in my opinion he’s becoming overrated with the top 3 talk… Some fans are even beginning to say he’s better than KD and is right behind LBJ as best player… SMH

    • bougin89 - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Who is saying he is better than KD? This year he does have a legit claim to being top 3 and I don’t think their is much question he is top 5 so far this season.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      30 shots yes. But he made 16 of them. What’s he supposed to do? Stop taking shots when he’s making over half of them so that dj3garrett doesn’t think less of him?

    • theromeo2k - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      wow man I haven’t seen as unbias as this in a long time… I was going to post something similar, but you couldn’t have said it better. PG is good and all but he is a bit overrated… Remember, they’ve only beaten ONE team with a winning record while Portland has beaten FOUR. Indiana is a great team but is getting too much attention still early in the season. While teams like OKC have been balling as good as the Pacers yet nobody talks about how insanely good KDurant is playing smh.

  4. wallydogsmom - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    The reason we Trailblazer fans get “irratated” may be due to the Rodney Dangerfeild type teatment we recieve from the press and NBA as a whole.
    ie: This morning , still reeling over the “Big Win and it was the big win. First i came home after the game last night, turned on Sports Center hoping to hear something in the way of “How about those Trailblazers”? Nope all about 43 points from a single player. IT is team ball. It takes 10 guys to win.
    So back to this morning….i went to my NBA app to see Damian Lillards face right on the front of the site. Yeah! Titled “Monday Top 5″….Click on it..Nothing, nothing about the Blazers or Damian. Just his PIx. Ok so lets go to there it is ” Monday’s rewind: Rose City Classic…pix of LaMarcus Aldridge….click on it and it is a an article obout Tim Duncan!!!!
    This goes on year after year, during Rasheed, during Bradon, and now this fabulous team of super atheltes. You all chosse to minimize their ablity to win….even as they beat one of the best young teams in history of the NBA.
    We are not whinners, we are loyal fans.
    I will continue to attend home games, sit back quitely (NOT) & cheer my team to VICTORY!

    • jamesinva - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Ive seen and been through this for so many years. I’m telling you, small market or not, the Blazers are an NBA team. Not only that, we have the 2nd best record in the league and we get no love. Sorry to sound so whiny but if you are a fan of a team that gets no recognition, you’d know what I am talking about.

  5. jagged2013 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    It’s not just offense with George. He has the COMPLETE package.

  6. lolo3504 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Big as blazer fan as anyone, I was at this game and it was an amazing and quality win. I also have to say history has shown us offense doesn’t win playoff games, we clearly can’t sustain this pace of winning, but were looking more and more like a top 5 seed in a crowded west. GO BLAZERS!
    Also paul George isn’t a top 3 player in the league yet, but if he can sustain this level of play and improve his efficiency I could see him sitting at number 2 by next year.

  7. Scott Brannon - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I’m a Pacers fan. This was a very strong win for the Portland team. The Pacers obviously didn’t play their best, but give it to Portland for a strong 4th Quarter. In the end, I think both teams came out as winners last night.

    As for the PG is overrated talk… Trolls be hat’in. Anyone who can put up 43 AND be in the Defensive Player of the Year talks… is one of the best in the league. And at 23, I’d take PG over anyone in the league right now!

    • theromeo2k - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Ok then, so analyze this: Luol Deng has put up a couple of 40+ points in his career AND while being in the DPOY talks, yet somehow he’s never been recognized… PG=slight overrated (He’s good, but still not Great)
      Right now:
      1.Lebron (No doubt)
      2.KD (very close to Lebron as always)
      3.Either PG or CP3 (debatable)
      4. Rest of the league (debatable)

  8. antistratfordian - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    George’s last two threes were desperation makes.

    And while George’s 17 4th quarter points were nice, someone should mention that Lillard had 14 points in the 4th quarter. Every time the Pacers thought they were closing the gap Lillard would make a play to extend the lead – including a giant three of his own to answer George with about 74 seconds left. With 20 seconds left George made another three, and Lillard replied again.

  9. ivanassich - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Portland could win the championship this year and people would still say they are that good. But I’d be happy to settle for that outcome.

  10. jamesinva - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Lastly, Paul George IS a superstar. I hate this top 3, top 5, top 10 talk because EVERYONE will have their own reasons as to where a player ranks. Nonetheless, George IS a legit star and the Pacers are very lucky to have him. I am a huge fan of his now and the fact that he didn’t sign with the Lakers makes me like him even more.

  11. innovativethinking87 - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Blazers had a back to back also bud get your facts straight rookie

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