By Nhan Doan
George carries the workload
Paul George had a night that Thunder fans had been waiting for. George’s 42 points was his highest scoring performance since joining Oklahoma City in the summer. On a game that Carmelo Anthony was quiet and Russell Westbrook made minimal impact on the second half, George’s dominance showed the value of having multiple superstars on the roster.
Bench still a problem for the Thunder
The Thunder definitely lacked a leader on the second unit. OKC blew a 14-point lead late in the first quarter and a 15-point lead in the third quarter before finally sealed the game with a 15-6 run in the final six minutes.
The Clippers were able to fight back thanks to the modest performance of the Thunder’s bench, which was outscored 52-29 and had an average plus/minus of -11.2. Similar to the loss against Denver on Thursday, OKC lost its big early lead as soon as the starters left the floor.
Johnson earns first start
Steven Adams’ calf injury pushed Dakari Johnson to the starting lineup for the first time in his career. The former G-League All Star had a solid debut as the starter, scoring nine points out of 3-of-5 shooting. Johnson also posted the team’s second best plus/minus with a +26. Johnson is looking to see the floor more often considering Patrick Patterson’s struggle, having made only three appearances this season before the Clippers game.