Paul George’s top five moments of the 2019-20 season

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First game with Kawhi Leonard – November 20, 2019

A few days after playing his first game as a Clipper in Los Angeles, George was joined on the floor for the first time with fellow-first-year-Clipper superstar Kawhi Leonard. The duo’s debut did not disappoint as the Clippers beat the Celtics 107-104 in overtime on the road in Boston.

The game was the first taste of how the new-look Clippers might play at full strength, even though they were still knocking some cobwebs off and getting used to playing together.

“It’s still tough,” said Leonard, who missed the previous three games with a sore knee. “We’re both on kind of minute restrictions so it’s hard to get a flow.”

Even so, with Leonard and George both on the floor, the Clippers looked hard to stop, leaving the Celtics to play pick-your-poison of who they’d need to leave unguarded. Lou Williams ended up the high-scorer for the night for the Clippers with 27 points. Patrick Beverley, in addition to playing his normal brand of suffocating defense, added 14 points and 16 rebounds. The high level of play from Clippers not named Leonard and George gave a glimpse of how the superstars elevate the play of their teammates around them and highlight the depth and strength of this year’s Clippers squad.

“We’re going to have growing pains,” George said. “The great thing about myself and Kawhi is it doesn’t matter, we’re going to play basketball. Try to make the right plays and play off each other and just keep the game flowing. I thought in that aspect we were good.”

Were good. Are good. Will continue to be good when they get the chance to play again.