George scores 33 to help Thunder top Clippers 110-104
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 16, 2018 01:12 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) looks to pass as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) and forward Tobias Harris (34) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 33 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-104 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
It was the fourth time in seven games George scored at least 30 points.
Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and six steals for Oklahoma City. Jerami Grant scored 18 points and Steven Adams added 16 for the Thunder, who bounced back from a 109-98 loss at Denver on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Danilo Gallinari matched a season high with 28 points, Tobias Harris scored 22 and Montrezl Harrell added 21 for the Clippers.
The Thunder led 61-50 at halftime, despite Westbrook going scoreless for almost 22 minutes to start the game. George picked up the slack with 21 points in the first half.
Los Angeles' Patrick Beverley got called for a technical foul in the closing seconds of the third quarter, and George made the free throw to give the Thunder an 86-69 lead at the end of the period.
Harrell scored, was fouled and made the free throw with just over a minute remaining to cut Oklahoma City's lead to six. With the margin still six, Harrell was fouled by Westbrook on a dunk attempt with 20.7 seconds left. He missed both free throws, and the Thunder called timeout. Oklahoma City got the ball inbounds, and George passed his way out of a trap to find Grant for a dunk that put the game out of reach.
Clippers: G Lou Williams missed his third straight game with a sore left hamstring. ... C Marcin Gortat was called for a technical in the second quarter. ... Beverley, long hated by Thunder fans for his numerous run-ins with Westbrook, scored nine points but committed five fouls.
Thunder: Forced 26 turnovers, the most for an opponent this season. ... Shot 47 percent from the field.
Clippers: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Thunder: Host the Chicago Bulls on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).