George, Miles lead Pacers past Wizards

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Nov 8, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) reaches for the ball against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Reuters/David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

With a big third quarter and big games from Paul George and C.J. Miles, the Indiana Pacers notched a big road win 123-106 on Tuesday (Wednesday in Australia) against the Washington Wizards.

George finished with 40 points while Miles had 32 points, both season-highs. The Pacers’ small-ball worked wonders against the Wizards as Indiana set a season-high total for points scored at 123.

While the Pacers’ pair combined to shoot an efficient 24-of-35 field goals, other Indiana starters also played well. George Hill had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists while Monta Ellis had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

The Pacers and Wizards went at it in the first half and the score was close, 62-61 in favour of Indiana at the halftime break. Halfway into the third quarter, the Pacers made a run and built a double-digit lead, 93-82 entering the final quarter. Indiana outscored Washington, 31-21 in the third quarter.

Washington never seriously threatened in the final quarter as the Pacers cruised to the victory for their third win in a row. The Wizards were led by Bradley Beal, who had 20 points but shot 9-of-22 from the field and John Wall, who had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

After starting the season at 0-3, the Pacers are now 9-2 in the past 11. The Wizards had a three-game winning streak snapped with the loss to the Pacers.

The Pacers will aim for their fourth consecutive win with a match-up at home against the Chicago Bulls on Friday before a four-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz. The Wizards will try to return to the win column Wednesday when they travel to face the Charlotte Hornets and also play on the road Friday when they take on the Boston Celtics.

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