Q: How did you enjoy playing in California?
Paul George: Really enjoyed it. Really enjoyed being in front of family and friends. Playing on one of the best stages.
Q: What is like for you playing in your hometown in front of family and friends?
George: It’s great. I’m from a small town outside of L.A. Getting to play on the biggest stage in L.A. is a moment that I’ll always cherish and just be grateful for it. The fans, the celebrities — it was really a special night.
George: We wanted to win. We wanted to play defense. We were right where we wanted to be. We just knew in the second half we were going to turn it up a bit. We made an emphasis to win. whatever that took.
Q: Those last two minutes were really intense. What was it like out there?
George: It was fun. I think the All-Star Game should go toward that. I think that’s the only way of making the game interesting is if guys go out and compete. I thought we did that. We made the game exciting by just showing effort to win.
Q: Was that the best way to honor guys like Dr. J and Magic and all of those guys?
George: They played the game hard. They played the game to win. They put on a show. They gave the crowd something to root for rather than just wowing them with dunks and lobs. I thought we got to where we needed to be.
Q: Is this the most competitive All-Star Game you’ve ever been a part of?
George: Absolutely. I think it was great playing for four quarters. It’s something that we can make the All-Star Game about.