OKC Thunder blast Utah behind Paul George’s red hot third quarter – Topic: Thunder breakdown

OKC Thunder, Paul George (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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OKC Thunder rides Paul George’s hot hand to send the Utah Jazz packing with an 122-113 loss, Topic: Thunder helps you relive the magic.

When Paul George elected to re-sign with the OKC Thunder this off-season, it was a a special moment for the franchise.

But I don’t think we realized just how special.

The man out of Fresno State has erupted with some memorable performances since donning the Thunder blue. From the appearance of his unstoppable alter-ego “Playoff P” to the epic 47-point explosion against the Brooklyn Nets, George has emerged as a legitimate MVP candidate whose flirting with superstar status.

Tonight certainly added to his growing resume of impressive performances. PG13 posted 31 points (8-10 from the field, 5-6 from three, 10-12 from the stripe), three assists, three rebounds and four steals in just 30 minutes of action including a red hot 16-point third quarter to essentially seal the game.

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On a night where his partner in crime Russell Westbrook struggled shooting the rock (4-18 from the field, 0-5 from three, 4-8 free throws), Oklahoma City needed every bit of his exceptional performance.

Thats not to say Paul George didn’t have help. Steven Adams had 22 points, seven rebounds and kept Rudy Gobert largely under control while Dennis Schröder worked over anyone who was guarding him on his way to 23 points, four rebounds and and six assists.

Jerami Grant continued his great season pitching in 13 points while Nerlens Noel, Hamidou Diallo and Terrance Ferguson combined for 21 points in limited minutes. TFerg was especially impressive defensive, holding star Donovan Mitchell to three points in the opening quarter.

OKC are now in sole possession of FIRST place in the Western Conference.

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Including Tip-off to final horn breakdown, Most impressive unit, player of the game, forecast of the next game, live look at scores, and more!

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