Paul George pours in 41 points as Clippers continue dominance of Hornets with victory – Orange County Register

By STEVE REED (AP Sports Editor)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Paul George made eight 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 41 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Charlotte Hornets 130-118 Sunday night for their fifth straight road victory.

George finished 14 of 21 from the field and 8 of 12 from beyond the arc to beat the Hornets for the 12th straight time.

Ivica Zubac scored 24 points and 12 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points for the Clippers (47-27).

George said he wasn’t sure what kind of night he was going to have after throwing his first shot and blocking another.

“You don’t know,” George said. “But what I know is that you have to stay aggressive and it’s all about finding a rhythm. And what I do know is that once you find a rhythm, you can’t be stopped at that point.

Miles Bridges scored 33 points on seven 3s and Brandon Miller had 22 for Charlotte (18-56), which has lost eight of nine and continues to limp toward the season’s finish line.

After the game, Miller swapped jerseys with George, someone he idolized growing up and calls his favorite player.

“That’s my guy. Big brother,” Miller said. “I can’t wait to train with him this summer. It will be a tough match every time we face each other. Always look for the show when he’s on the field. He is an excellent shooter, but not only that, he prides himself on his defensive side.

Even though the Clippers have won five of their last seven games and find themselves in fourth place in the Western Conference, George refused to say the team is starting to gel.

“No, we’re still a work in progress,” George said. “I thought we were the better team, so we should have won. But I thought it should have been more decisive than it was. So we have room to improve. But we will get there. »

Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue said he was disappointed with his team’s defensive efforts, which included allowing 23 3-pointers.

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