LOS ANGELES – Paul George drove to the edge, was pushed from behind and yet found a way to score with the foul.
"I'm back!" George shouted before playing a three-game tie against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night in the third quarter.
Many came to the Staples Center hoping to see Kawhi Leonard and George play their first game together as members of the LA Clippers. After Leonard had missed his second game in a row due to a bruise on his left knee, George showed in 20 minutes a historic show.
In his second game as Clipper, George scored 37 points, the most in NBA history in less than 21 minutes, to help the Clippers demolish the Hawks 150-101. The 49-point router was the largest profit margin in the franchise history of Clippers. "I got a new shoulder [a]," George said after the game. "I can not say anything else: I've got new shoulders and they have not been so healthy for a long time."
George set a franchise record for most of the points scored by a player celebrating his Clippers home debut and most points from a player in his first two games as Clipper. The All-Star-Schwinger was operated on in May to repair a partially torn tendon on the right shoulder and a month later another operation for a partial tear on the left labrum.
Since returning to the game on Thursday in New Orleans, George scored a total of 70 points in 44 minutes, 10 of 17 shots in each of his first two games and a total of nine of 16 3-pointers. He has turned a perfect 21-of-21 out of the free-throw line, absorbing his share of hits on his body and surgically repairing his shoulders.
"It could have been my first 50," George said about what could have happened Had he played longer and not returned from shoulder surgery? "That's how I felt, but … I'm a self-confident player, it was not self-confidence [thing] that I'm back, it's just a statement, I'm just glad to be back." to this game. "
After working the side for the last few months and backing up with some of the younger Clippers in 3-on-3 games, George already had his shooting rhythm, as he made four of his first seven shots and had 15 points in the first quarter.
When he struck down his sixth 3-pointer, a 29-foot pointer launched the fourth quarter and pushed the clippers up by 33. George shrugged as Michael Jordan once did Montrezl added a highlight to Montrezl Harrell before leaving at 9:58 am George was stumbled and spilled, and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers decided he would risk nothing.
"Honestly, for a guy you miss should … what was that 200 days in a row he is missing? "Rivers reported on George, who did not play in the playoffs against Oklahoma City from April 23 until November 14." And in the two games he has played, his efficiency is incredible. There is more than his score, which is very much. But it's his death and his ability to play through contact has been incredible. "
" He exploits our offense as if he's been playing it for five years, "Rivers added," He did three or four things tonight that you do not know how to do, what we do unless you let it go. Even Lou [Williams] once said: "Wow, that's difficult." "
George was not the only one who caught fire, the Clippers stopped a two-game slide by shooting 53.8% out of the field, including 17-of-33 (51.5%) from Six Clippers scored a double-digit result, and the team was without Leonard, Patrick Beverley (Wade sore left) and Landry Shamet (high ankle sprain).
Rivers said the Clippers could beat Leonard for the game on Monday against Georges' old team Oklahoma has City back, and Leonard's injury is more of an everyday affair and not a big problem.
George has been waiting a long time to play alongside Leonard, while Leonard watched the native Palmdale American have a "dream". – Home debut for the team he grew up for.
"For me it's a dream to do this at home in front of the family and in front of the camera friends," said George. "There are just so many faces that look at me flee. "
George later added, "Just a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. Honestly, that's probably the biggest thing I'm most looking forward to doing on a nightly basis. "