Paul George breaks leg at USA Basketball game

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Indiana Pacers star Paul George broke his leg at a basketball game in Las Vegas Friday night.

George was getting back on defense on a fast break when he landed awkwardly against the basket support. His right leg broke, bending at a severe angle. He lay down in pain on the baseline for several minutes before being taken off the court on a stretcher with an air cast on his leg.

ESPN reported George was taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Las Vegas.

"Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I'll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y'all!!" George tweeted shortly after midnight, a little more than an hour after the injury occurred.

The injury happened with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter of a USA Basketball game.

Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski called off the rest of the game after George left the floor.

"In respect for Paul and his family, the scrimmage is done and we want to thank you for your support," Krzyzewski said.

Reaction to the injury spread quickly across social media.

"Damn," tweeted Pacers center Roy Hibbert.

"Man just landed and got a message about @Paul_George24. Made me immediately sick to my stomach!! Praying for u a speedy recovery homie!!!" LeBron James tweeted.

Many people compared the injury to the one suffered by the University of Louisville's Kevin Ware in a 2013 NCAA Tournament game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ware also offered his words of encouragement on Twitter.

"Minor setback for a major comeback PG," Ware wrote.

Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird issued a statement late Friday.

"We are aware of the injury sustained by Paul George in Friday night's Team USA game in Las Vegas and we are obviously greatly concerned. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with Paul. We are still gathering details and will have an updated statement Saturday," Bird said.

George was considered a lock to make the final 12-man roster for the World Cup of Basketball that starts later this month in Spain.

"It's a tough situation for our entire organization and our coaches, our players. Very, very emotional," said Jerry Colangelo, Director of USA Basketball. "This is a tough blow for not only USA Basketball, but for the Indiana Pacers."

George's parents were in Las Vegas watching the game when their son was injured.

"His dad was right with him and then his mom came down, so I felt like the medical people were right there in control," Krzyzewski said. "They allowed his father to touch him and to comfort him. And I thought our trainers did a great job, right away and making sure emotionally he was as good as possible."

"Our first concern, our primary concern is Paul George," Colangelo said. "Our whole focus is the best care we can get for him and we pray for his recovery and his family."

Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard and point guard C.J. Watson are also at the hospital with George.

"@Paul_George24 is in good spirits keep him in ur prayers as he goes into surgery he gone be bak stronger than ever," he tweeted.