After a couple of bad games, Paul George got back to normal; Giannis Antetokounmpo to continues to build his MVP case.
Paul George – 42 points, nine rebounds, seven assists
In the two games before Friday night’s contest, Paul George scored 25 total points on 33.3 percent shooting. His production on Friday nearly doubled that. It was the George that we were used to seeing with the Indiana Pacers, a smooth scorer who stretched the defense and put shots in from all over. Being with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he gets to work away from the ball more and not worry about initiating the offense. Billy Donovan was running plays to get him open If George took the shot, he had it. If not, he made the proper pass.
Lou Williams – 35 points, seven rebounds, three assists
Sixth Man of the Year candidate Lou Williams had a field day against the Thunder defense. He finished the night with six threes but wasn’t limited to just that. Williams knifed through the defense and attacked OKC’s defense, something he’s doing with greater efficiency this year. Overall, he made 13 field goals in 22 tries. The Clippers, however, dropped the contest because no one stepped up alongside Williams; Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers each had 17 points, second-highest on the team.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 28 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, four blocks
We’re about three weeks into the season, and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s play isn’t a fluke. Without a jump shot, he’s been tearing apart defenses and getting anything he wants at the rim. Moreover, he’s developing more a passer, which is lethal now that the Milwaukee Bucks have surrounded him with shooters. San Antonio did an outstanding job (relative to the rest of his campaign) of forcing Giannis to miss shots. He went 12-of-24 from the field, 9.1 percentage points below his field goal clip for the season.