Paul George erupted in the Pacers 94-82 victory over the Pistons on Saturday night, as he incredibly scored Indiana’s last 21 points to lead them to victory.
George was completely unguardable in the fourth quarter, further cementing his status as one of the NBA’s top scorers and a player capable of putting his team on his back and carrying them to a win. Unfortunately, George also let his emotions get the best of him at the end of the game, which overshadowed his dominating performance.
With the Pistons looking to run out the clock, George unnecessarily went for a steal on Marcus Morris. The Pistons forward took exception to it, leading to some pushing and shoving and causing both benches to clear. Detroit was already on edge after Stan Van Gundy had been ejected with 22 seconds remaining, and while Morris certainly shouldn’t have put his hands on him, George should have known better than to go for a steal with the game in hand.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and what initially seemed like it could be a massive brawl ended up calming down before anything truly bad happened.
Still, whenever the Pacers and Pistons benches clear, it gives plenty of people some bad flashbacks.