LOS ANGELES – Paul George knows that the story was that he was not a clutch.
This is not true of late, and on Monday the All-Star swingman proved for the first time as a member of the LA Clippers. In his third offseason opener, George beat his old team in the final seconds. He grabbed a catch and fired 3 forwards with 25.9 seconds left before adding a free throw late to lift the Clippers to a 90-88 win over Oklahoma at the Staples Center.
"You know, there was something very much about [how I] not being able to win games," George said. "These things don't bother me. I'm there to play hard and win games. I feel confident in every shot I make. It's up to me to do it or to miss it. This type of thing doesn't bother me. "
The thunderstorm catches George often, holding him to less than 33 points for the first time this season and forcing a swingman to seven turnovers. After scoring 70 points in 44 minutes in his previous two games, George was held to 1
But Clippers coach Doc Rivers called out George's numbers 88-86 late. And George resigned himself to playing the line.
Since the beginning of the previous season, George has made four 3-pointers in the last 30 seconds of fourth quarter or overtime, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research. That's twice as much as any other player in the league during this period.
George seems to have turned his game into a late game;
"I just felt like the play was about to open it," Rivers says, as he prepares the play with the release of Montrezl Harrell George to catch and shoot with Chris Paul. "With his size, I was looking at who could get a good shot. With his size, they were a little on him. I really felt good in the timeout. I didn't know he was going to make the shot, but I had a feeling we were going to give him a good shot. 19659002] Although in May he underwent surgery to repair a fractured tendon in his right arm and another operation a month later to partially tear his left labrum, George did not miss a beat. He shot seven of 14 shots against Oklahoma City and shot a total of 27-for-44, including 12 3-pointers.
Go-Ahead 3s in the last 30 seconds, two seasons past
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George can hardly wait to see what will happen when the two-sided All-Stars finally play together.  "You can't roll the floor when I get caught, Lou [Williams] Kauhi, Trez," George said. "You just can't roll the floor. There's no way the boys can get out of the game defensively and try to stand guard.
" You just can't do it because Lou, Kauhi or I – anybody gets this type of defense – we'll split you up and make the game offensive. "
As for his old team, George said Oklahoma City did well in the July trade that sent George to the Clippers in return for five
Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points and Gallinari had 14 points in the Monday, but they both missed photos in the last 12.3 seconds, "
" I thought it was great for them, "said George." I think Shai is a future star and has been proven to carry the load … he is just below CP, he will learn so much. So they got a star.
"And Danilo is a proven goal scorer. And then how many peaks have they got? Their future is bright. Sam Presti is a proven drafting expert."