In the Bonus: Pacers' George turns it on in 2nd half again

In the Bonus: Pacers' George turns it on in 2nd half again
December 22, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Sooner or later, NBA teams are going to catch on to you, Paul George!

The Indiana Pacers star lulls teams to sleep in the first half of games, only to lash out with an explosive effort in the second.

And just like that, George has a big second half, the Pacers get a big win and opponents are left to wonder, 'how the heck did that happen?'

Boston became the latest team to suffer the second half wrath of George as Indiana easily defeated the Celtics, 106-79.

George had 24 points, 18 of which came in the - you guessed it - second half.

It was a pretty standard game for the MVP candidate this season.

Prior to Sunday's win, George shot 41.8 percent in the first half this season compared to 49.2 in the second. On Sunday, he was 3-for-7 (42.9 percent) in the first half and was a flawless 6-for-6 shooting in the second.

George's improved play in the second half is in part due to adjusting his shot selection.

In the first half of games, most of his shots (47.1 percent) are mid-range jumpers. But in the second half, he becomes more aggressive attacking the rim which accounts for 63.1 percent of his shots being in the paint versus 41.3 percent of his shots being in the paint in the first half of games.