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 1 Toronto R. 58-24 
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 2 San Antonio S. 48-34 
 3 Dallas M. 33-49 
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Points Per Game
  Houston R.
  Avg: 35.6
 1. Harden Houston R.35.6 
 2. George Oklah.City28.1 
 3. Leonard Toronto R27.7 
 4. Curry Golden S27.5 
 5. James LA Lakers27.4 
 6. Antetokounmpo Milw.27.3 
 7. Durant Golden S26.8 
 8. Booker Phoenix S26.6 
 9. Embiid Philadelphia26.4 
 10. Lillard Portland26.0 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Drummond Detroit15.5 
 2. Jordan Dallas M.13.7 
 3. Embiid Philadelphia13.1 
 4. Gobert Utah Jazz12.7 
 5. Antetokounmpo Milw.12.5 
 6. Towns Minnesota T12.4 
 7. Capela Houston R.12.3 
 8. Davis N.Orleans P12.0 
 9. Vucevic Orlando M11.8 
 10. Whiteside Miami H11.4 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Westbrook Okla.10.7 
 2. Wall Washington W8.7 
 3. James LA Lakers8.3 
 4. Teague Minnesota8.2 
 5. Young Atlanta H.8.1 
 6. Lowry Toronto R.8.1 
 7. Rondo LA Lakers8.0 
 8. Paul Houston R.7.7 
 9. Holiday N.Orleans7.7 
 10. Payton N.Orleans7.6 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Covington Minnesota2.3 
 2. George Oklah.City2.2 
 3. Harden Houston R.2.1 
 4. Paul Houston R.2.0 
 5. Westbrook Okla.1.9 
 6. Smart Boston C.1.8 
 7. Drummond Detroit1.7 
 8. Leonard Toronto R1.7 
 9. Oladipo Indiana P1.7 
 10. Butler Philadelphia1.7 
Blocks Per Game
  Indiana P.
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Turner Indiana P.2.6 
 2. Robinson New Y2.4 
 3. Davis N.Orleans P2.4 
 4. Gobert Utah Jazz2.3 
 5. Lopez Milwaukee B2.2 
 6. Embiid Philadelphia2.0 
 7. McGee LA Lakers2.0 
 8. Whiteside Miami H1.9 
 9. Drummond Detroit1.7 
 10. Towns Minnesota T1.6 


Paul George rebounds to lift Thunder to 107-100 win over the Lakers - Jan 3, 2019

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Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.)'s shot swished, and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) turned, leaned back, and strummed an air guitar. It was the signature celebration of Lance Stephenson, but Westbrook was using it to commend an and-one scored on the Lakers guard himself. George's bucket gave the Thunder a slight lead heading into halftime in what would become a 107-100 win over the Lakers. But more important than that lead, it was an undeniable sign that George was back to himself Wednesday at Staples Center. That rhythm he found had something to do with Westbrook. To be fair, the Lakers (21-17) were missing LeBron James (out with a groin injury). But the Thunder (24-13) overcame a 38.1-percent shooting night to claim the win on the back of George's 37 points. George didn't get to play his customary full first quarter. Thunder coach Billy Donovan had delayed subbing George out for as long as he could, sticking with him through two early fouls. 'He picked them up so early,' Donovan said, 'and I think you can break his rhythm and then he doesn't really manage his fouls and he never really finds a flow into the game.' With 3:12 left in the period, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93, college: Georgia) drove past George and George picked up his third foul. It was time to give him a break. Things had not been going well for George overall in the first quarter. He had made just two of his six shots, none of his 3-point attempts. He was clearly frustrated, clapping angrily after a layup arced over the rim. And every time he touched the ball the Lakers fans booed, making their displeasure known that he had stayed in Oklahoma City after being expected to leave for L.A. in free agency. 'The booing wasn't going to throw me off my game,' George said. 'I've been playing basketball for a really long time and a little booing and a little noise was not going to make me forget how to play basketball.' When George came back into the game in the second quarter, Westbrook made a point to get him the ball. Westbrook finished the night 3-of-20 from the field - but still finished the night with a triple-double (14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists). One of them had to start scoring. With four minutes left in the first half, Westbrook sprinted down the court in transition and kicked a pass out to George for an open 3-pointer. He missed. The next offensive possession started much like the last. Westbrook slowed as he approached the rim, checking behind him to see if George was with him. He was. Westbrook dished a pass off to George, and he slammed down a dunk. George smacked the backboard and received a technical foul. Worth it. George made the next three shots he took, ending with a shot over Stephenson. He set himself up this time, picking Stephenson's pocket without regard of the three fouls he had already accrued. Stephenson met him at the other end of the court, and George spun, recovered, launched a jump shot and drew a foul. Cue the air guitar. The Lakers fans got creative with their heckling of George in the last two minutes and 17 seconds of the game. He stood on the line and sank two free throws as they chanted 'We don't need you.' Seconds later he threw down an emphatic dunk. The Lakers fans may have felt they didn't need him, but the Thunder were happy to have him.
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