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National Basketball Association games Wednesday, scores, highlights, updates: Paul George returns to Indiana

14 December 2017

After last season, George's camp made it clear IN didn't figure into his long-term plans, so the disappointed Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis rather than risk getting nothing IN return for him.

Steven Adams had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Russell Westbrook finished with 10 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists in his ninth triple-double this season. Anthony was sent to Oklahoma City in the offseason after he waived a no-trade clause.

Victor Oladipo is once again the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after leading the Indiana Pacers to a 4-0 week. IN had a chance to tie the score after getting the ball back with 15.2 seconds left but committed a turnover and then fouled George.

Well, the Pacers ended up making that trade anyway.

It's a busy nine-game slate on this NBA Wednesday.

George, a four-time all-star, was not greeted warmly, beginning with a round of boos during pregame introductions. Fans only cheered for George when he was called for a foul or made a mistake and it seemed to take a toll on the four-time All-Star.

Kyle Lowry added 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists on an off-night shooting, Serge Ibaka scored 20 points, and CJ Miles had 11 for the Raptors. It is clear that Vic-Star has been playing with a chip on both shoulders since the Thunder shipped him off this summer for George. Thaddeus Young, the team captain, put up 18 points and nabbed six rebounds as well to help secure a Pacers win. The team has struggled to a 12-14 record.

Lance Stephenson sank a jumper at the first quarter buzzer to give the Pacers a 27-22 lead. Whether they can keep beating the best of the best or not remains to be seen, but for right now, the Pacers are a confident group who can beat any team on any given night.

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The trend continued in the second half.

Boston's Jaylen Brown scored 12 points, reserve Marcus Smart had 12 and smooth-shooting rookie Jayson Tatum 11.

The Thunder held on, but only just. This is their first meeting since October 25th 2017, a game Oklahoma City won by the score of 114-96 (Westbrook: 28 pts, 10 reb, 16 ast). Oklahoma City got its first series split with the Pacers since 2012-13. He had 23 points and 13 rebounds. After Monday's games, he ranked 10th in the league with 24.5 points per game, and the Pacers were No. 5 in the Eastern Conference with a 16-11 record.

George, the center of so much attention, had a largely non-descript game. Former Colts coach Tony Dungy attended the game.

The Pacers also got a break when they played the New York Knicks on December 4 without Kristaps Porzingis or Tim Hardaway Jr. National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver attended the game.

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The move comes seven months after Larry Bird hand-delivered the formal proposal at the league's NY headquarters in an IndyCar.

National Basketball Association games Wednesday, scores, highlights, updates: Paul George returns to Indiana