Paul George delivered a historic performance, scoring 41 points as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals to avoid elimination and give themselves a chance to level the series on home court.
The Suns were hoping to clinch series victory on home soil but the 116-102 win for the Clippers leaves the best-of-seven series poised at 3-2.
George has played 18 games throughout this postseason and has scored at least 20 points in each of his appearances on the court.
Michael Jordan did in 1992, 1997 and 1998, while Kobe Bryant managed it in 2008 and Kevin Durant did in 2012 and 2018. In a good omen for L.A., Jordan’s three scoring runs and Durant’s exploits in 2018 all culminated in the NBA title.
George shot 15-of-20 on Monday night, becoming the first player in NBA history to finish with at least 40 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while shooting at least 75 percent from the field in a postseason game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
The Clippers can level the series with victory in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
George said: “We fight, we’re scrappy, we leave everything on the line and we do it together.
“That’s the most important thing – we do it together.”