he entire NBA world gasped when Paul George suffered a devastating knee injury against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. Fortunately, for George, the injury ultimately turned out to be a knee sprain. Even more fortunate, he’s avoided major ligament damage.
Sources told All Clippers the very next Wednesday morning after the injury that Paul George suffered no major ligament tears and will require no surgery for his knee sprain. Clippers head coach Ty Lue described it as the “best-case scenario as to what we thought it could be.”
“We got to handle our business on the floor and keep tallying wins for PG,” said Bones Hyland, who led the bench with 16 points in his first game action since March 3.
The Clippers closed the third quarter with a 27-12 run, including 10 in a row, to lead 92-80 going into the fourth.
They made seven consecutive 3-pointers over the end of the third and start of the fourth, with and Hyland hitting three each. Leonard had the other trey in pushing the Clippers’ lead to 101-85.
The Clippers kept it up, sinking another three 3-pointers in a row, capped by one from that extended their lead to 114-89. They outscored the Thunder 35-25 in the fourth.
Los Angeles shot 49% from 3-point range, with Batum and Hyland making four each.
Westbrook added 24 points and seven assists for the Clippers.
“We played with a lot of pace,” Westbrook said. “Played fast, especially in the second half.”
led the Thunder with 30 points. added 18 and Jalen Williams had 16.