Most of LeBron James' postgame praise Friday night went to David West, who led the Indiana Pacers with 30 points in a 102-89 victory over his Miami Heat.

But James saved a nice helping for Paul George.

"You don't need a quote from me," James said. "He's an All-Star."

James meant it, telling George as much during their midcourt embrace after the game.

A month ago, James asked that George's recent strong play be tempered until a body of more work could be collected. James has seen enough, just as many in the league have. George has arrived.

"He said something like 'great game, keep going, see you in Houston,' " George said of James' words during the embrace.

The reference is to the Feb. 17 NBA All-Star game, George's first such appearance in the game.

George didn't have the 29-point game that he delivered in the Pacers' Jan. 8 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but he was active at both ends of the floor and kept James honest. The NBA's reigning MVP still had 28 points, but his six rebounds and three assists were well below his averages.