Paul George Leads Clippers to Big Game 3 Victory in Chris Paul’s Return
With Chris Paul back in the lineup for Game 3, the Phoenix Suns were hoping to push the never-say-die Los Angeles Clippers to the brink of elimination.
Paul George was not going to let that happen.
For the third straight series, the Clippers saw themselves drop the first two games, but as we have seen in prior rounds, some added adversity has never seemed to bother Los Angeles. It may not seem like the best of strategies and one that may not be especially sustainable, but the Clippers have looked like a completely different team with their backs against the wall.
After a heartbreaking Game 2 defeat, the Clippers bounced back in a big way.
Led by Paul George, who went off for 27 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists, the Clippers secured the Game 3 victory by a score of 116-102 despite the continued absence of Kawhi Leonard. Reggie Jackson continued his exceptional playoff run adding 23 points in the win, while Ivica Zubac scored 15 points and grabbed down 16 boards.
“We have to match their physicality — I thought we did that,” George said of the Clippers’ effort. “We have to match their scrappiness — I thought we did that. That’s really the key. We can’t allow this team to play harder than us, and I thought that was just the way we approached tonight.”
Meanwhile, Paul scored 15 points and dished out 12 assists in his return to play. The rust was evident by the 5-for-19 shooting night, but ultimately, the Suns point guard was just happy to get back onto the floor. Paul was away from the team for the last eight days due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol.
“I’m just happy to be out here playing,” Paul said. “There’s a lot of people out here in the world who dealt with this [virus] and don’t get the opportunity that I have. So I’m just grateful to be back out here playing.”
The Suns will have another opportunity to push the Clippers to the brink of elimination on Saturday.