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    Paul George sinks go-ahead trey as Clippers squeak past Thunder

    Nov 19, 2019
    PHOTO: AP

    LOS ANGELES — Paul George hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 90-88, on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time) to improve to 8-1 at home.

    The Thunder had just tied the game at 86-all on a 3-pointer by former Clipper Danilo Gallinari before Chris Paul made two free throws after being fouled by George for an 88-86 lead.

    George’s 3-pointer put the Clippers ahead 89-88.

    The Clippers were then called for a foul that was overturned on a challenge by coach Doc Rivers. The Thunder retained possession and Terrance Ferguson inbounded to Gallinari, whose 3-pointer missed.

    George made a free throw with 0.3 seconds left to close out the game against the team that traded him to Los Angeles last summer.

    The Thunder fell to 0-5 on the road.

    Montrezl Harrell had 28 points and 12 rebounds off the bench to lead the Clippers. George finished with 18 points after scoring 30-plus points in his first two games of the season.

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    Paul scored 22 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, against his former team. Gallinari added 14 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, another former Clipper, had 11 points despite five fouls.

    The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard for the third straight game because of a bruised left knee.

    Neither team led by more than six points in the game.

    Harrell scored on back-to-back dunks, with George’s alley-oop pass setting up the first one, and he scored another basket before George followed with a 3-pointer to put the Clippers ahead 75-70.

    The Thunder led 79-78 on a basket by Dennis Schroder before Harrell dominated the final 2:44.

    Harrell scored eight straight points to give Los Angeles an 86-83 lead.

    The Thunder led 59-54 on Paul’s 3-pointer in the third. The Clippers revived themselves with a 12-5 run, getting back-to-back 3-pointers from Patrick Patterson and JaMychal Green, to head into the fourth leading 66-64. George was limited to a single 3-pointer in the quarter.

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    TIP-INS

    Thunder: Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander were honored with a video tribute from the Clippers during a timeout in the first quarter. ... Hamidou Diallo (left knee sprain) sat out his second straight game.

    Clippers: Landry Shamet (high ankle sprain) missed his fourth game in a row. ... Assistant Sam Cassell turned 50.

    UP NEXT

    Thunder: At Lakers on Tuesday in the second game of a local back-to-back at Staples Center. The teams play again in OKC on Nov. 22.

    Clippers: Host Boston on Wednesday in the third of five straight home games.

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