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Torrid George picks up Westbrook's slack for OKC

Paul George went 5-of-6 from 3-point range and scored 31 points as the Thunder beat the Jazz 122-113 on Monday night, picking up for Westbrook's off shooting night.


Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George on Russell Westbrook's off shooting night: "I told him, I got your back."

George hits 31 in Thunder's win over Jazz (1:19)
Westbrook dishes no-look to Adams for the slam (0:16)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder let a 29-point lead slip to nine with a lackluster fourth, but with Paul George sitting the final frame after dropping 31 on 8-10 shooting, it was mostly cruise control. Russell Westbrook though had a frustrating night despite his sixth triple-double of the season, shooting just 4-18 from the floor. He was clearly upset with himself as he checked out, ripping his shooting sleeves off and flinging them on the baseline.

Russ stuffs it with two hands (0:20)
PG13's slick over-the-head pass sets up Grant's slam (0:27)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook has just been shaking his head to himself and doing his shooting motion during timeouts in the fourth. Clearly frustrated with how he's been shooting it.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Quin Snyder talked pregame about Utah needing to sort out its turnover issues, and it's been a problem again tonight. Especially against a team like OKC, turn it over live and it's going to be points the other way, and quickly.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook is not having a very good game — 7 points on 3-16 shooting — but Paul George is having a very good game — 30 points on 8-9 shooting.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

It felt like the Thunder held Donovan Mitchell down, but he had 14 points at the half as he started to turn it up late in the second quarter. OKC has really tried to pressure and harass Mitchell, throwing multiple defenders at him. Paul George has an efficient 14 on just five shots, but like last postseason, Westbrook has struggled a bit with Utah's defensive scheme — specifically Rudy Gobert — hitting just 2-of-9 and missing badly on a few midrange jumpers. Westbrook is going to need to find it if the Thunder are going to score consistently in the second half.

George steals, gets it to fall with reverse layup (0:21)
Westbrook connects with Grant for oop (0:16)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Donovan Mitchell spent last postseason roasting the Thunder, but his only bucket in the first quarter came on a buzzer-beating halfcourt shot to end the first quarter. OKC is throwing a lot of bodies at Mitchell, and try to wall off his drives to the paint.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George was happy to see Kyler Murray win the Heisman trophy, saying he was "rooting for the hometown guy." Murray is a two-sport star, drafted ninth overall by the Oakland A's and has said he plans to play baseball professionally. "The Heisman probably won't play in the NFL," George said. "He's having a huge season. Dude is explosive. He's fast as heck, which is crazy."

George misses the game-winning shot (0:28)
Westbrook pulls up for crucial 3 (0:15)
Westbrook drives for clutch and-1 (0:15)
Diallo hustles for the save, rocks the rim (0:22)
Russ' quick assist sets up Adams jam (0:15)
Pierce: Thunder will be 'very dangerous' come playoff time (0:48)
George drops 25 in 4th quarter to power Thunder's rally (2:10)
George hits go-ahead 3 to cap OKC comeback (0:41)
Fans fights to hold onto George's shoes (0:44)

Team Stats

Points Per Game111.612th
Rebounds Per Game48.93rd
Assists Per Game22.921st
Points Allowed104.75th

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