Paul George scores 37 in Clippers win over Grizzlies

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George led Los Angeles with a season-high performance to defeat Memphis, 128-119.

The Los Angeles Clippers continued to prove the talent on their roster in their latest visit to Memphis. 

Paul George drained seven three-pointers while Kawhi Leonard went 10-16 from the field to snap the Grizzlies three-game win streak. 

The LA squad shot 55.1% from field goal range and went 48.4% in three pointers on the night.

What it means: The Clippers advance to 17-3 in their last 20 games. The team’s new 25-13 season record is also their best record through 38 games since 2019-2020, per NBA reporter Justin Russo. 

A win from LA on Sunday against the top-seeded Minnesota would put the Clippers one game back behind the Timberwolves in the Western Conference.

Hits: Norman Powell scored 11 points towards the Clippers win. It was his 31st game this season with at least 10 points off the bench, which leads the NBA. 

Powell also marked 53 consecutive made free throws Friday night, which is five away from tying Jamal Crawford’s Clippers record.

Misses: The biggest detriment for the Clippers Friday, if any, were the 12 turnovers they had that allowed for 13 Memphis points. 

Stat of the game: George was the difference maker for the Clippers as he led with a season-high 37 points. It was his thirteenth consecutive game with at least 20 points, which is the longest streak of his Clippers tenure. 

George went 7-for-10 from three-point range and made 12 of 18 shots in 35 minutes Friday night.

Up next: The Clippers will move on to an important game in Minnesota against the Timberwolves on Jan. 14. A three-game home stand will follow for the team as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and LA Lakers on Jan. 16, 21 and 23 respectively