Paul George.

2016 Playoffs: The Pacers are out of the blocks first with a hard-earned win

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The first game of the 2016 NBA playoffs produced a minor shock as the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers emerged victorious from game one of their series with the second-seeded Toronto Raptors, 100-90.

Paul George was the star of the show, as the 25-year-old dropped 33 points to lead Indiana. After spending the regular season showered in plaudits, the Raptors backcourt duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry only managed 25 points between them at the Air Canada Centre.

Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas grabbed a phenomenal 19 boards to absolutely wipe the glass clean, however, even the Lithuanian could only drop 12 points in the opening bout between these two sides.

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The hosts scored 16 more points than their visitors in the paint and managed to grab 14 more rebounds, but George's shooting was the primary difference maker as the Raptors failed to take advantage of their physical superiority.

George made four of his five three-pointers and dropped 12 of his 22 from the field. Cory Joseph pitched in 18 points off the bench for Toronto, but the real story in this tie was that the Pacers' franchise man delivered, and the Raptors' star pair underwhelmed.

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Game 2 between the Eastern Conference rivals takes place on Monday night in Toronto.

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The Raptors will be hoping to make their home court advantage count before they have to travel to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Central Division

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