George lifts Indiana over Chicago

Paul George’s astonishing performances continued on Saturday morning as he inspired the Indiana Pacers to a 104-92 home win over Chicago.

It was Indiana’s fourth consecutive win before visiting lowly Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

George scored 12 of his game-high 33 points from beyond the arc and the Pacers improved their record to 10-5.

With the win they overcome Chicago (9-5) to sit second in the Central Division.

C.J Miles, Ian Mahinmi and Monta Ellis combined for 45 points and the Pacers who started the season with three defeats in a row look more like a real contender.

They trail Eastern Conference Cleveland Cavaliers by a game, and see no signs of slowing down.

Nikola Mirotic finished with a season-high 25 points, and Jimmy Butler added 16 for Chicago, but Indiana proved too much.

George who averaged 31 points in the last three games, said: “I feel confident that when it's time to settle things down, I'm ready.

“I’m ready for that opportunity, I'm ready for that moment to get the ball in my hand and make the right play.”