Paul George's 47, game-winner lead Thunder in 23-point rally past Nets

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A win over the Brooklyn Nets isn’t generally reason for much celebration.

But what Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder did Wednesday night was special.

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The Nets looked to have a win locked up late in the third quarter, leading 88-65 with 4:21 remaining. Then George happened.

Paul George finds turbo mode

The Thunder forward torched the Nets for 25 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-pointer to secure a 114-12 OKC win.

George finished the game with 47 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, a night full of highlights including this alley-oop from Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook passes Jason Kidd on triple-double list

Westbrook had a big night of his own with 27 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds for his 108th career triple-double, moving him past Jason Kidd for third place on the all-time list.

But the night belonged to George.

George’s 47 points mark the most scored by any player in the Barclay’s Center, while his 25-point fourth quarter is the highest-scoring quarter by any Thunder player since the franchise moved from Seattle. His total is one off his career-high of 48.

George: ‘I was a little too hot’

“I was a little too hot. I was heating up,” George told Fox Sports after being doused with water by Westbrook. “I just got into a zone, got into a comfortable place. My guys, man. They was on my back as far as pushing me, telling me to keep going. I started off a little slow. They was behind me and just told me to keep going.”

The Nets led by 18 after three quarters and looked ready to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Even deep into the OKC rally, Brooklyn looked like it would survive. The red-hot George went cold with around a minute left, missing a pair of jumpers as the Nets held a 112-111 lead. But when Nets guard D’Angelo Russell missed a 3-pointer with 10.8 seconds left, George got his second chance.

George keeps composure for game-winner

On the other end, Westbrook found George, who ball-faked Spencer Dinwiddie, gathered his composure and calmly sank the game-winning shot with three seconds remaining.

For the Nets, it’s a brutal loss to extend their losing streak to eight games.

For the Thunder, it’s a fourth straight win to improve to 16-7 in a season where George and Westbrook continue to thrive next to each other.

Paul George scored 25 in the fourth quarter to lead the Thunder in an improbable rally to beat the Nets. (Getty)
Paul George scored 25 in the fourth quarter to lead the Thunder in an improbable rally to beat the Nets. (Getty)

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