Paul George erupted for 43 points as he led the Oklahoma City Thunder to tie their season long 7-game win streak on Friday night as they picked up a solid 118-102 win in Miami against the Heat.
The Thunder got off to a great start behind Paul George’s 16 points in the first quarter. George started 3-3 (100.0%) from three, which set the tone for the rest of the game. Russell Westbrook was very active early as he put up 5 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds, which made it easy for OKC to outscore Miami in the paint. After the first quarter, the Thunder led 31-24.
It only got better from there as OKC’s lead exploded behind Dennis Schröder ridiculous quarter. The Thunder’s 6th man came off the bench to put up 24 points in the period on 9-9 (90.0%) shooting, including 4-4 (100.0%) from three.
Paul George finished the half with 26 points and 4 rebounds, and Westbrook had only 5 points, but 12 assists and 9 rebounds to push Oklahoma City’s lead to 72-53 at halftime.
In just the first two minutes of the third quarter, the Thunder pushed their lead to 23, and they were on the brink of blowing the roof off the building. The Heat were not quite done, though, and they managed to score 8 straight and cut the deficit to 15. The Thunder struck right after that, however, and finished the quarter strong to lead 94-74 with 12 minutes remaining.
The fourth quarter was all Thunder. More specifically, the period belonged to Paul George. Midway through the quarter, he hit his ninth three-pointer of the evening, which set a Thunder franchise record. A couple of minutes later, he hit his tenth.
The Thunder finished out the game strong to pick up their 7th consecutive win as they defeated the Heat in Miami 118-102.
Thunder Player of the Game
Paul George had a special night as he set a Thunder franchise record by hitting 10 of his 16 3-point attempts on his way to 43 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. George has been especially hot from 3 lately, and he has been a major key to the Thunder’s success lately. His defensive efforts have him in talks as Defensive Player of the Year, and his offensive performances have him creeping into MVP conversations. Regardless of what end-of-the-season awards he ends up winning, Thunder fans are blessed to have him in an Oklahoma City uniform.
Super Bowl Sunday
The Thunder will be back in action on Super Bowl Sunday to take on the Boston Celtics. The game will be held at TD Garden in Boston and will tip-off at 1:00 PM CT. It will be televised on ABC and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
Oklahoma City lost the first matchup (in OKC) against Boston back in October. However, both teams have come a long way since then. The loss to Boston early in the season was the fourth loss in the Thunder’s 0-4 start to the season. I expect Sunday’s outcome to be a lot different than the previous one. Get up, and support your Thunder before watching the Super Bowl in the afternoon.
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