Video: Paul George puts Al-Farouq Aminu on skates with the step-back 3 to end the quarter
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Paul George gifted us with one of the filthiest step-back 3-pointers we’ve seen in the first round of the playoffs. Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu was on the wrong end of this highlight play, as George beat the third-quarter buzzer with a fancy corner trey:
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This was one of George’s four 3-pointers on the evening, as the 28-year-old led the charge yet again for the Thunder in this one. Paul George dropped a game-high 32 points on 8-of-21 shooting, along with 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal, and a block. The six-time All-Star also took advantage of his trips to the line, going 12-of-14 overall from the charity stripe.
Despite his heroics, though, the Thunder would still end up on the losing end of this Game 4 matchup against the Blzaers, 111-98.
Portland’s backcourt duo of Damian Lillard (24 points, four 3-pointers, eight assists) and CJ McCollum (27 points, five 3-pointers, four rebounds) dominated the game, as the Blazers now have a 3-1 series advantage against the Thunder.
Notably, Oklahoma City All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook was missing in action again in Game 4, as he had another miserable outing against Lillard and company. The former MVP winner scored only 14 points on 5-of-21 from the floor, along with two treys, nine rebounds, seven assists, and three turnovers. That’s not a completely terrible line, but it does leave a lot to be desired given Westbrook’s extremely high standards.
Game 5 will take place on Tuesday in what will be a win-or-go-home matchup for the Thunder.