Over the weekend, Oklahoma City’s Paul George compiled two of the NBA’s best games, starting on Friday and then sustaining it until Sunday.
Paul George – 37 points, eight rebounds, five assists
Against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Paul George put up 42. He got his 37 in a similar fashion. George was bucketing shots from the perimeter and working off various screens to free himself, which are extra-effective now that he’s paired with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony (who didn’t play on Sunday). The Dallas Mavericks‘ defense is horrid enough, and George, who’s one of the NBA’s microwaveable wings, took full advantage of that.
James Harden – 26 points, 15 assists, five rebounds
James Harden has been in MVP mode over the last few contests. Sunday was the fourth time in his previous five games where he tallied double-digit assists, and the Houston Rockets have been able to rattle off six-straight victories. During that stretch, Harden’s blazing through defenses, averaging 35.8 points and 11.5 assists while connecting on 49.2 percent of his shots. The efficiency evaded Harden on Sunday (42.9 percent), but his playmaking generated 56 between Eric Gordon, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza.
Al Horford – 21 points, four assists, three rebounds
Without Kyrie Irving, Al Horford needed to step up against the Toronto Raptors. And he did. Now in his second season with the Boston Celtics, Horford’s style of play doesn’t get him talked about much, but it’s vital to what Brad Stevens wants to do on both ends of the floor. On Sunday, we got a full clinic on it. Horford’s savvy on defense helps tremendously with the young guys on the perimeter, who can play extra-aggressively knowing he’s got their help. Additionally, Horford, being a point-center, so to speak, understands where the ball needs to go and can deliver it while also being a threat in the low post.
- Russell Westbrook – 27 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals
- Tobias Harris – 25 points, seven rebounds
- Victor Oladipo – 28 points, four rebounds, two assists
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