Posted April 23, 2013 on AP on Fox
Indiana forward Paul George was honored Tuesday as the NBA's Most Improved Player. The announcement came less than a week after the 6-foot-9 forward finished his breakthrough regular season and less than 48 hours after he became only the second player in franchise history to record a triple double in the NBA playoffs. He had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the Pacers' 107-90 Game 1 win over Atlanta - giving the Pacers their first 1-0 series lead since 2006. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Indy. George averaged 17.4 points and 7.6 rebounds this season, both career highs. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 2011-12. He's the fourth player in franchise history to win the award, joining Jalen Rose, Jermaine O'Neal and Danny Granger. It was no fluke. George has shown steady improvement over each of his first three seasons in the league, going from a part-time starter in 2010-11 to a full-time starter and secondary scoring option in 2011-12. He emerged as the Pacers' to...
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