George leads short-handed Thunder over Memphis

Westbrook and Carmelo to both miss Sunday's game versus Grizzlies

Andrew Harrison led the team with 23 points on nine of 15 shooting, Marc Gasol added 20 points with five assists while JaMychal Green and Dillon Brooks each scored 11 points. "And I thought I was a little out of my character with how I was trying to play", George, who finished with 33 points and eight assists, said.

The Lakers were also short-handed, after a trade with Cleveland sent Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, the Cavaliers, that will eventually bring Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, plus the Cavs first round pick in 2018 to the Lakers.

George started strong with 12 points in the opening 6:52, hitting his first five shots including three 3-pointers.

Against the Lakers, the Thunder struggled to score consistently, managing just 81 points in a blowout loss, but improved against the Grizzlies scoring 110 while tying an OKC-era record for made 3-points (16).

Paul George registered 29 points for the Thunder, who were without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, both sidelined by ankle injuries.

The Oklahoma City Thunder appeared to be on their way to their lofty preseason expectations during an eight-game win streak. George scored 16 in the first frame. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope protected the Lakers' dominance with a diverse shot selection and had 10 points by halftime.

"That's where Andre Roberson is great, maybe the best I've ever seen, of being able to close down on top of shooters and get them to bounce it and then also guard it", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "We just didn't make enough shots at the end of the day to make it competitive". Patrick Patterson, who replaced Anthony, was scoreless in 26 minutes. George scored 33 points in the contest with Alex Abrines adding 16 points in his first start since December 29 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Tyreke Evans added 12 points after missing the previous five games. Sometimes in free agency, families get overlooked in the decision.

During an appearance at the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show, Lakers president Magic Johnson joked about how he would interact with George once they randomly meet outside a basketball event at the time when the player was rumored to soon play for the L.A. organization.

"We didn't shoot the ball well as a team", George said.

Thunder: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

The Thunder star said on the Lakers young duo after the game according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints: "They played their game, they stuck within their lines".

The Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, February 10 at 5:30P.M.



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