Paul George scored 36 points for the second time in 5 days on Sunday when the OKC Thunder took care of business at home, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112. Russell Westbrook posted yet another triple double with 13 points, 11 assists, 13 rebounds in the victory, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 18 rebounds in a losing effort in OKC.
Paul George continues his monster year against a monster team, and it might be time to take him seriously as a MVP candidate. George gets it done on both ends of the court without taking a night off on defense. George is leading the league in steals, and also having a career best year in rebounding.
Sunday night was business as usual for teammate Russell Westbrook. Westbrook posted a triple double, but struggled shooting on the evening against the Bucks, going 5-20 from the field.
Westbrook is still finding exactly how to make this offense click in OKC. In the 2016-17 season, Westbrook was jacking 24 shots a game. Now with Paul George, Westbrook has come down by 5 shots on that number, and the Thunder have been a force to be reckoned with in the west.
The Thunder successfully defended their home floor against the team with the best record in the league. The Thunder move to 17-7 at home this season with the win. The victory was the 5th in a row for the Thunder. During the mini win streak, OKC has racked up wins against top level teams, including victories over the 76ers, Trailblazers, and now the Bucks. OKC has earned 5 wins in 8 days, and have the team in 3rd place in the Western Conference.
OKC can make it a 6th win in a row on Tuesday, with there next game being a matchup with the Magic in Orlando. The Milwaukee Bucks will try to bounce back on Tuesday when they travel to Detroit to play Blake Griffin and the Pistons.