Despite defeat, Paul George surpasses Reggie Miller for Pacers franchise record

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The Indiana Pacers may have fallen one game short in their bid to progress to the Eastern Conference semi finals, but it wasn't through a lack of trying on Paul George's part.

The 2016 NBA All-Star was in excellent form throughout the seven-game series against the Toronto Raptors and, although it ultimately proved futile as the Pacers succumbed to an 89-84 defeat, he finished his postseason with a 26 point haul on Sunday night.

In doing so, George actually managed to achieve a little piece of franchise history as he surpassed Pacers franchise legend Reggie Miller for the most points scored in a playoff series.

George racked up 191 points all told across the seven-game first round series. As noted by ESPN Stats & Info, that is 10 more than Miller's previous franchise record - set during Indiana's 1995 Conference Finals series against the Orlando Magic.

Like George, however, Miller's 181 point effort couldn't stop the Pacers exiting the playoffs as the '95 Indiana roster also came out on the wrong side of a 4-3 series.

Although the record won't seem much to George as he and his teammates contemplate an early playoff exit, the 26-year-old can take great pride in the achievement. 

Surpassing a true great like Miller - a veteran of many postseasons series' - only emphasises the fact that George is back amongst the game's elite after what has been an injury-hit two years.

Contributing 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists alongside 27.3 points per game against the Raptors, the California native was the driving force as the number seven seed Pacers came within six points of the Conference semi finals.

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