Facing the elimination of the Suns, the Clippers need another strong performance from Paul George to have the hope of bringing the series back to Los Angeles.
What they received was simply sensational.
George played the highest scoring game in the playoffs of his career, scoring 41 points on 15 of 20 shots, scoring 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 8 free throws, helping the Clippers beat Phoenix 116-102 on the road. Alash Makazi pointed out on Twitter that, provided by the Elias Sports Bureau, George’s performance in this regard is of historical significance.
According to data from the Elias Sports Bureau, Paul George is the first player in NBA history to score at least 40 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in the playoffs and shoot at least 75% from the field.
-Arash Center (@ArashMarkazi) June 29, 2021
In any case, George’s recent outing was not a fluke. He completed the entire playoffs for Los Angeles.
18 games have passed since the playoffs, and he has not scored less than 20 points in a game. Together with Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant, he became the only other player in NBA history to achieve this feat. According to ESPN statisticsHe has contributed to all aspects of the game, having reached 174 rebounds and 100 assists.
And that’s not to say that the number of shots exceeds the quality: George plays his best role in almost every shot. He shot 44.3% from the field, including 34% from three-pointers. Among players who made at least 300 shots and 100 three-pointers in a single playoff game, George ranked 28th in NBA playoff history with a 44.3% success rate. Among those who also contributed at least 150 rebounds and 100 assists, only LeBron James performed better in 2017 (56.5%), 2020 (56%) and 2018 (53.9%).
Even from a personal point of view, this is George’s best playoff game. His total score in the playoffs was 429 points, which has far surpassed his previous career high, which he completed in 19 games in 2014. He surpassed this total in the 17th game of the season.
For him and his team, success comes at a more important moment.The Clippers missed Leonard’s presence in the lineup as he continued Missed time due to knee injury. Since Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, Leonard has not participated in the game.
Since Leonard was out, Paul has averaged 30.9 points, 11.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game, while maintaining a 44.1% accuracy and 31.7% three-point shooting.
The Clippers need to win two more games, but the sixth game will return in a friendly at Staples Center. If he continues to play his way, it will be difficult for him to stop any Suns guard.