Tuesday night, Paul George scored eighteen of his season-high thirty-eight points in the fourth quarter, helping the Los Angeles Clippers win their ninth straight game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 128-117.
James Harden and Kawhi Leonard both scored 16 points to cap off a fantastic day for the team.
Commissioner Adam Silver previously declared that the Clippers’ new venue in Inglewood, where they will start play next season, will host the 2026 All-Star Game.
The Thunder, the second-ranked team in the West that entered Los Angeles having won nine of twelve games, saw Jalen Williams score twenty-five points, while Lu Dort and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander both chipped in with nineteen points.
Williams’ 3-pointer gave the Thunder, who had fallen down by 13 points in the third quarter, a huge lead, 115-114, according to the National Basketball Association (NBA).
After a back-and-forth game, George took over and scored 11 of the Clippers’ final 14 points, demonstrating his sympathetic finish with two 3-pointers and a steal.
After a 20–12 run by the Clippers and a 9–0 run by the Thunder in the third, the Thunder led 99–89 entering the fourth quarter, courtesy of back-to-back 3-pointers from Daniel Theis and Norman Powell.
Ivica Zubac, a center for the Clippers, missed his second straight game due to a right calf strain and will be reevaluated in a month.
In Zubac’s place, Mason Plumlee scored 14 points in his first game of the season.
The Clippers will host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, while the Thunder are getting ready to play the Utah Jazz on Thursday.