Paul George bricked team record 14 three-pointers vs. Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Paul George has been playing great basketball as of late, but his three-point shot was off in Thursday night’s 131-122 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. In fact, George missed 14 of his 17 attempts from beyond the arc, which is good for a new franchise record.
Paul George missed a team-record 14 three-pointers in last night’s loss to the Pelicans. The previous record of 11 misses was shared by Russell Westbrook (2x), Ray Allen, Kevin Durant, and George.
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) February 15, 2019
George may have missed a boatload of three’s on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean he had a bad game. In his 41 minutes of playing time, PG-13 scored 28 points on 11-of-29 shooting from the field (3-of-17 from beyond the arc), seven rebounds, six assists, one block and one steal.
Following Thursday’s game, George gave credit to Jrue Holiday’s gritty defensive play:
“A couple of them was in and out where it felt really good. A couple of them I wish I could have back,” said George, who also gave Holiday credit for his defensive effort. “He’s scrappy and he takes pride in defense. Not a lot of guys do. I have the utmost respect for his approach and how he defends and wants to play defense.”
According to several experts and analysts, George has established himself as a candidate for this season’s MVP award. Their confidence in his game is not without merit.
In his 56 appearances with the Thunder this season (all starts), George has racked up averages of 28.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting from the field (40.6 percent from downtown), 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a career-high 2.3 steals in 36.3 minutes per outing.
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