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Paul George Becomes the Pacers’ Leading Scorer in an NBA All-Star Game
Confirmed: Paul George’s 17 points are the most ever scored by a Pacer in an NBA All-Star game.
— Chris Goff (@Pacers_Chants) February 18, 2013
Paul George’s 17 points last night were the highest any Pacer has scored in an NBA All-Star Game, as first mentioned by Chris Goff of Indy Sports Legends. Goff also noted that Jermaine O’Neal (a six-time All-Star) and Reggie Miller (five appearances) had scoring highs of 16 and 14 points, respectively.
None of the franchise’s other All-Stars from this millenium (Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger, Brad Miller, Metta World Peace and Dale Davis) have scored double digits. World Peace came the closest with 7 points in 2004. To be fair, neither Hibbert nor Granger played much in their games as Roy (10 minutes played) scored 3 points while Danny (11 minutes) managed just 2 points
Though none of the franchise’s 12 NBA All-Stars (in 21 combined games) has scored more than 17 points, several of the five ABA guys who have been All-Stars eclipsed Paul George’s total. Some did so multiple times.
Mel Daniels holds the franchise’s best-ever scoring exhibition with the 29 points he scored in 1970-71. He also had games scoring 25 points, 21 points and 17 points as a Pacer, while George McGinnis had nights of 23 points and 18 points. Billy Knight and Freddie Lewis, meanwhile, have highs of 20 and 18 points, respectively. Oddly, Roger Brown never scored more than 15 in an All-Star Game and shot just 34.9% (15-for-43) in four ABA midseason classics.
Here is the full list.
All totals via Basketball-Reference, which does not note whether or not ABA player were starters or reserves. The players listed as “probably” starters were among the ABA’s elite at the time and also have minute totals that suggest the did indeed start the game. If you have a box score resource that is definitive, do let us know.