In the midst of his best season as a pro, George has once again scored a game winning basket while also scoring 40+ points. Someone grab a heater, cause’ this man’s got ice in his veins!
Paul George and the Thunder are having quite the season. In the month of February alone, George is averaging 39 points and has scored at least 40 four times now! His latest heroics came Friday night against the Utah Jazz. Thunder and Jazz games are typically pretty competitive, with things often coming down to the wire.
Friday night was no different, with the teams requiring double overtime to decide a winner. With four seconds left to go in double overtime, George split between Ricky Rubio and Joe Ingles to put up a high floater than sank through the net with 0.8 left on the clock. This gave Oklahoma City a 148-147 lead, which they went on to keep and win the game. George finished with 45 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists, while shooting 55% from the field.
This isn’t first time George has made a game winning shot this season. On January 19th against Joel Embiid and the 76ers, he also made some magic happen. With 5 seconds left to go, he makes a three point basket while also getting fouled, which leads to the Thunder leading 117-115, the score they hold on to win with.
PG13 has simply been deadly this season, with impressive clutch performances left and right. He’s up to averaging 28.9 points on the season, still far above any of his previous seasons.
Friday’s game against the Jazz was an end to Russell Westbrook’s impressive triple double streak. Westbrook finished just two assists shy of a 12th straight triple double, ending the game with 43 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists. Westbrook’s shooting was far improved this game, finishing 15-29 from the field.
The reason why the Jazz gave the Thunder such a hard time was none other than Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell went off for 38 points, while Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors also added a combined 50 points, 27 rebounds, and 6 blocks.
Oklahoma City now sits at 38-20 on the season, keeping them securely in 3rd place in the Western conference. Their next game is on Friday against Sacramento. Expect it to be a lively game, with the young Kings hungry for a playoff bid.
With the loss, Utah falls to 32-26 on the season. They’re in 6th place in the West, with San Antonio and the Clippers hot on their trail. They’ll have another shot at a win on Saturday against Dallas.
When will Paul George cooldown? Hopefully never. In previous years, George has held a label of being inconsistent, having extremely hot periods, and fairly lame calm periods. This season has been much different, with George seemingly on-fire the entire season. With 24 games left to go, can he keep it up? And if this is Regular Season P, what will Playoff P look like this year?