Paul George put an exclamation point on his 25-point fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night by draining the game-winning three in the final seconds, and after the game, he acknowledged he was feeling it.
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"Yeah, it felt good," George said, per the Associated Press' Brian Mahoney. "I had the hot hand, I knew I had the hot hand. I just felt good all game."
The five-time All-Star certainly was on another level, as ESPN Stats & Info noted that this was the first time he had made a shot of this type in his nine-year career:
Not only that, but he helped the Thunder rally from an 18-point hole by outscoring the Nets 25-19 himself. He went 9-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-6 from behind the arc. While he wasn't perfect, he nearly single-handedly brought his team back, earning the final shot.
Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook showed George some love after the game.
"My job is to make sure that I constantly keep telling him to stay aggressive, to play his game because he’s that type of guy, man," Westbrook said, per Mahoney. "He can get hot. He’s a superstar in this league and as you seen tonight when he gets hot he can change the game for us."
Westbrook wasn't too shabby himself, recording yet another triple-double with 21 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds. But on this night, he gladly took a backseat to his star teammate.
George finished the game with 47 points and 15 rebounds. It's the most points he has scored as a member of the Thunder and marks his fourth time eclipsing the 40-point mark since joining Oklahoma City last year. He scored a career-high 48 as an Indiana Pacer in December 2015.
The 114-112 victory was OKC's fourth in a row and sixth in its last seven games. The Thunder are now 16-3 since a 0-4 start.