LA Clippers: Paul George’s last 3 minutes vs OKC was stuff of legends

Paul George (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Paul George (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

The LA Clippers may have their share of issues, but having a superstar closer isn’t one of them. With his team facing almost certain defeat with 2:35 remaining against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, Paul George showed why he’s one of the best players in the league.

With the Clippers down by nine and about to fall to 1-5 on the season, George did just about everything one can do on a basketball court to ensure that wouldn’t be the case.

StatMuse captured all of his clutch contributions in their tweet after the game.

On a night where the Clippers shot just 38% from the field, they were in desperate need of a hero as the game was nearing its end. Paul George answered the call in a huge way.

These kinds of late-game heroics only come from true superstars, and it’s safe to say George is proving to himself and others that he can fill in for Kawhi Leonard just fine. His 32-point performance came on 11-of-24 shooting and his flawless close to the game gave life to a team that was on the ropes.

“I don’t care if we win 4-3, I’ll take it,” said coach Tyronn Lue (subscription required) after the game.

Nicolas Batum, who contributed 14 points and eight rebounds, agreed that the win was ugly but better than a beautiful loss.

After a first half in which they managed only 40 points on just 15 made shots, it was looking like the Clippers were headed for disaster once again until George flipped the switch with the game on the line.

Of course, 2-4 isn’t the best of starts, but it looks much better than 1-5. Luckily for the Clippers, their star knows what’s expected of him night in and night out, and all early indications show he’s up to the task.

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“Like I said last game, it’s my job,” said George after the comeback win. Indeed it is, and his shift is just beginning.