Pinball News – Paul George’s 47 and game-winner caps furious comeback against Nets

BROOKLYN – With Paul George and Russell Westbrook at the center, a mob of Thunder blue formed underneath the basket. Westbrook was bouncing around like a pinball, the biggest smile on his face.

Seconds earlier, he bounced toward the sideline for an inbounds pass with 8.1 seconds left. He could have shot, but he recognized the defense and flipped back to George’s scorching hot hand.

Every one of George’s 47 points was needed Wednesday in a 114-112 win against the Nets, none more important than his 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left off Westbrook’s deft pass.

More often than not Wednesday at the Barclays Center, the Thunder’s defense was a scrambled mess in the halfcourt and in transition. When it decided to wake up, it opened the door for George to make his mark. He fell one point short of a career high, but that didn’t matter in extending the Thunder’s winning streak to four.

It was George’s first game-winning shot in his Thunder tenure. It saved an uncharacteristically lost defensive performance from the Thunder, who showed shades of its early season loss to the Los Angeles Clippers – flat after a night in a big city – in giving up 15 3-pointers.

To the Thunder’s credit, it didn’t quit.

In an attempt to chip away at the Nets’ lead, the Thunder made an emphasis to get Steven Adams the ball in the third quarter. When Adams came back in in the fourth, the Thunder went to him again for a reverse bucket to get the deficit down to 14.

Then George got hot. Westbrook slipped a backdoor pass to George, who drove and at the last second passed to Grant for a 3-pointer with cut the Nets’ lead to 109-107. What followed was tennis on the parquet floor. Serve and volley.

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