Paul George dropped 37 points and if it wasn’t for a quick timeout by Billy Donovan, the Fresno State alum was about to pull up from three and make it an even 40. George’s 37 points led Oklahoma City to a 112-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday evening.
The Thunder now have won back-to-back games and are 6-7 on the season.
George hit seven three-pointers, only one off Russell Westbrook’s franchise record of eight, which Westbrook has done twice. George had 29 points in the second half, including five made threes.
Oklahoma City held Dallas to 42.5 percent from the floor and an impressive 29 percent from beyond the arc. Despite getting out rebounded, the Thunder had a fantastic day forcing turnovers. Dallas turned it over 20 times for 28 Thunder points
“I thought we played a complete game defensively,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said.
Westbrook finished with 27 points on 6-of-18 shooting, pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists. Westbrook started out the first half going only 2-of-10. The birthday boy came out in the second half with different shoes on and threw down 3-of-4 to start the third quarter.
Carmelo Anthony was ruled out about an hour before the contest because of a sore back. Steven Adams missed his second straight game. Jerami Grant and Dakari Johnson started in their place.
After Dallas tied it up at 48-all and Westbrook took over. Chirping at the Maverick’s bench, Westbrook nailed a three, looked at the sideline and said “That’s one.” Westbrook came back and hit another three-pointer after George did. Dallas called a timeout and the run still came at it. Westbrook’s final three put the Thunder up 74-58 with 3:35 left in the third quarter. Oklahoma City’s 39-point third quarter was the highest point guard for the Thunder this season.
“We’ve got to be ready for anything,” George said. “When Steven went down, Dakari (Johnson) stepped up. Melo went down and it was a huge contribution from a bunch of guys. Josh (Huestis) stepped up, Jerami (Grant) stepped up. We’ve got to be that team. We’re fortunate to have two other guys who can take the (scoring) load, but it’s even better when we’ve got young guys who can step up and help the team.”
The Thunder nailed 15-of-32 from three, a season high in makes. The 46.9 percent is also a season high percentage as well.
Oklahoma City will have a few days off before playing the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Thunder already spanked the Bulls by 32 points earlier this season. Oklahoma City will look to have their first three-game win streak this season.
Keys to the Game
Shoot well: B
Outside of the first quarter, the Thunder shot pretty well. Oklahoma City was 5-of-17 in the opening frame and shooting 56.4 percent the final three quarters. That’s exactly what you want from the Thunder and to do it without Carmelo Anthony is impressed.
Share the ball: A
Oklahoma City is now 6-0 when they have 21 or more assists. They’re 0-6 when they have 20 or less assists. Oklahoma City does a good job when they share the ball and getting everyone involved. It’s not every day we see someone nearly have as many assists as Westbrook as Paul George did.
Get to the line: A+
33 attempts for the Thunder tonight. 13 of those came from Russell Westbrook, the birthday boy. Westbrook finished 12-of-13 and that’s the most important thing. Westbrook pushed his season average from 60 percent to 65.4 percent. In the last two games, the Thunder have attempted 73 attempts. The previous five games the Thunder had 85 attempts.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!