Toronto, ON. (February 14, 2016) – In his third All-Star game appearance, Paul George found himself on the brink of making All-Star history.
The Pacers forward stole the spotlight from Kobe Bryant, who was playing in his final All-Star game of his career.
George led all scorers with 41 points in the East’s 196-173 loss to the West Sunday night and he was one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s single game record of 42 points, set in 1962.
In the final minute of the game, the West double teamed George to prevent him from breaking the record, although Russel Westbrook insisted in a post game interview, that they were unaware of the potential for a record setting night for Paul George, and apparently George was also unaware.
“They weren’t trying to let me break that record. I was unaware though, I shot the three went I could have gone in for the lay up,” George said in a post game interview with TNT’s David Aldridge.
“If I would have known that, I would have gone for the dunk. I thought they were trying to keep me from shooting another three. I knew I had the three record and I was trying to increase it…I thought that’s what they were trying to prevent me from doing.”
Regardless of falling one point short of making All-Star game history, George was thrilled he could put on a show for Kobe Bryant’s final All-Star game.
“I’m just happy for Kobe in his last showing. Those 41 points I scored was in honor of him.”
George did break one record however with 9 three pointers, the most ever in an All-Star game.
The Pacers return to action on Friday night in Oklahoma City, where they certainly hope they see another 40+ point game from their All-Star.