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Paul George faces LeBron James Heat challenge: 'We're beaten'

MIAMI, FL - MAY 30: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat battles against Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2014 in Miami, Fl. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE  (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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During LeBron James’ reign in the Eastern Conference, few players experienced it as closely as Paul George did with the Indiana Pacers. Appears in JJ Redick’s
old man and three podcast (starting at 1:05:00), George explains the difficulty of trying to take on James and the Miami Heat at that point in time. “We hit a fork in the road where we met a team that was more talented and better than us. We talent got us far, but we were beaten at the time.” From 2011 to 2014, walking The Patriots and Heat had a brief but memorable rivalry. They met in the playoffs in all three seasons, with the Heat winning each game. Lance Stephenson blows into James’ ear during Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. At least six games. The 2013 Eastern Conference Finals lasted seven games. George had arguably the best playoff series of his career in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. He averaged 19.4 points on 44.1 percent three-point shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists. James dominated the decisive Game 7 with 32 points, 8 in Miami’s 99-76 win Rebounds and 4 assists. Seven games for the San Antonio Spurs. After trailing 3-2 in the series, they had to win their last two games. Game 6 will be remembered for Ray Allen’s game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to force overtime.
George spent another three seasons with the Pacers after losing to Miami in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. They made the playoffs in each of his last two years with the club, but lost in the first round twice, including sweeps of James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Pacers traded George to Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Olah in July 2017 Dibo and Domantas Sabonis. He played two seasons with the Thunder before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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