Los Angeles Clippers not done yet.
Paul George confirmed it.
George drops 41 points in a post-season career to lead past clippers to Phoenix Suns Game 116-102 out of 5 In the Western Conference Finals on Monday night, keep their post-season hopes alive and bring the series to 3-2.
“We’m not going to back down. We’m not going to throw it to pieces,” George said. “The truth of the matter is, they have to beat us. It’s a game for us, it’s a game for them. One game they won us over, we were out. A game, we continue our season. We had that mindset to start the game. “
The clippers went quickly and started with a big 20-5 tear to control the match. As the Suns hung around, the Clippers took the lead inside the locker room after a 20-point first-half drive from Marcus Morris – he shot 10 of 8 off the field.
Suns star Devin Booker brought a big spark to close in the second quarter, however, as Clippers guard Reggie Jackson flew into the air from a bump and then hit a 3-point buzzer-Peter.
Paul George comes alive in the second half
The Suns took the first lead of the game a few minutes later in the third quarter, after a quick 10-2 run.
It did not last long. George dropped 20 points in the third quarter, while shooting 7 -9 off the field. He outscored the Suns on his own in the quarter, and led the Clippers to a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Although the Suns narrowly reduced the game to four points in the final period, it was too late. Clippers beat Phoenix by 14 more points, with the remaining 14 points on the way to victory.
Booker led the Suns with 31 points, but shot only 22 of 9 from the field. Chris Paul added 22 points and eight assists, but missed six of these three attempts. Cameron Johnson finished with 14 points from the bench, and Deandre Ayden dropped 10 points with 11 points.
George added 13 rebounds and six assists to go with his 41 points, and shot 20 of 15 off the field.
After his brutal shooting night at the loss of Game 4 – George went 5 -20 from the field and 1-9 behind the curve on Saturday – his night was a welcome scene for Clippers fans.
“BG has been very good to us throughout the year, when he doesn’t play well, when he has a bad game, why a lot of people play badly because a lot of people play badly,” said Clippers coach Die Lu. “I’m glad he came back and played a great game. We need every minute.”
Jackson scored 22 points and shot 4-for-7 from behind the curve for the Clippers, and Morris took 22 points. They have now won seven matches, trailing by a series this season, and are the most connected in NBA history.
Given the frequent criticisms he receives, George insists he is not paying attention.
“They can judge me on what they want, and that part is not a bar for me,” he said Via USA Today’s Mark Medina. “I’ll go out there and hoop and give you everything I got.”
Series 6 is set for Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
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