George shines in overtime

23 February 2019 13:47:15 EST

Paul George struggled to be the game time finisher in Indiana but the most valuable player candidate, now with the Oklahoma City Thunder, looked the part against the Utah Jazz.

George drained a teardrop floater with less than 0.8 remaining to defeat the Jazz 148-147 in double overtime on Friday evening at the Chesapeake Bay Arena in Oklahoma City.

Leading the way for the Thunder was George, as the 28-year old small forward from Palmdale, California scored a game high 45 points while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out seven assists for the contest. 

George continues to solidify that he is in the heart of Oklahoma City this season, with the Thunder star taking over the final two extra periods.

Russell Westbrook fouled out in the first overtime. The other Thunder star had his 11 game triple-double streak snapped, but he was still able to put up a monster showing.

The 30-year old point guard from Long Beach, California scored 43 points while grabbing 15 rebounds and passing out eight rebounds for a double-double for the game.

Oklahoma City improves to 38-20 on the year and have won eight of their past ten games. The Thunder are four games behind the Golden State Warriors and are currently in third place in the Western Conference.

Donovan Mitchell led the way for the Jazz in the defeat, as the 22-year old out of the University of Louisville scored a team high 38 points while grabbing four rebounds and passing out five assists.

This match up is a potential first round postseason clash and already shapes up as a possible classic.

Oklahoma are 28/1 to win the NBA title this year with the Warriors 4/9 and the Houston Rockets 11/1.

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