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Indiana's Paul George wins NBA's Most Improved Award after breakout season

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    Indiana Pacers' Paul George (24) goes up for a dunk against Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford during the second half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 107-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)The Associated Press

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    Indiana Pacers' Paul George, left, is congratulated by teammate George Hill following a scramble for a loose ball during the second half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. Indiana defeated Atlanta 107-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)The Associated Press

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    Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith (5) is defended by Indiana Pacers' Paul George during the second half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. Indiana defeated Atlanta 107-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)The Associated Press

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    Indiana Pacers' Paul George, left, grabs a rebound from Atlanta Hawks' DeShawn Stevenson during the second half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs on Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. Indiana defeated Atlanta 107-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)The Associated Press

Indiana forward Paul George has been honored as the NBA's Most Improved Player.

Tuesday's announcement comes less than a week after the 6-foot-9 forward finished his breakthrough regular season and less than 48 hours after he became only the second player in franchise history to record a triple double in the NBA playoffs. He had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the Pacers' 107-90 Game 1 win over Atlanta — giving the Pacers their first 1-0 series lead since 2006.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Indy.

George averaged 17.4 points and 7.6 rebounds this season, both career highs. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 2011-12. He's the fourth player in franchise history to win the award, joining Jalen Rose, Jermaine O'Neal and Danny Granger.