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Credit Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers overcame another tough shooting night, coming from behind to defeat the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 99-94 (14-23, 26-11, 26-30, 33-20) on Monday night.

Player of the Game
Paul  George
EFF
31
Paul George
Points 32
Accuracy 11-24
Rebounds 9
Assists 7

The Clippers trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half but surged ahead of the youthful Thunder in the game's final 2 1/2 minutes.

Paul George scored 27 of his game-high 32 points in the second half. George also finished with nine rebounds and seven assists.

Reggie Jackson netted 15 points, Nicolas Batum and Luke Kennard posted 14 apiece and Terance Mann added 10 points.

Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who began the night averaging 22 points, tops on the Thunder, posted a team-high 28 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field. Rookie Josh Giddey recorded 15 points and seven assists, Darius Bazley contributed 15 points and Aleksej Pokusevski added nine points off the bench.

The Clippers improved to 2-4 on the year, while Oklahoma State dropped to 1-6 and remained winless in four road games.

The Clippers trailed 83-77 with just over seven minutes remaining, but they made one last run, tying the game at 91-all on a Kennard 3-pointer from the wing with 1:39 left

After Bazley made one of two free throws, George came down and drained a midrange jumper to give Los Angeles a 93-92 lead. Bazley turned it over on the other end, and Jackson hit a driving lay-in to give the Clippers a 95-92 lead that they would not relinquish.

One of the worst shooting teams in the NBA to start the year, the Clippers struggled to put the ball in the basket. Los Angeles shot 38 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from the 3-point arc.

L.A.'s offensive struggles were evident early, as the Clippers shot just 22.2 percent from the field in the opening quarter. Because of their shooting woes, the Clippers trailed 23-14 at the end of the period. Bazley paced Oklahoma City with eight points in the opening quarter.

The Thunder's lead ballooned to 31-16 with just over nine minutes left in the second quarter, but the Clippers trimmed the deficit to 44-40 by halftime.

The Clippers cut Oklahoma City's edge to two points midway through the third quarter but trailed 74-66 at the end of the third quarter.

Los Angeles Clippers: George 32 (11/24 FG, 9 REB, 7 AST), Jackson 15 (5/17 FG), Batum 14 (5/10 FG, 8 REB), Kennard 14.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Gilgeous-Alexander 28 (11/23 FG, 7 REB), Giddey 15 (6/15 FG, 5 REB, 7 AST), Bazley 15 (6 REB).

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Los Angeles Clippers
Oklahoma Thunder
38%
35/92
Field goals
39%
35/90
62
Rebounds
58
18
Assists
17
8
Steals
8
40%
20/50
2-pointers
45%
24/53
5
Blocks
6

Best players

Paul  George
32 PTS
11/24 FG
5/6 FT
Shai  Gilgeous-Alexander
28 PTS
11/23 FG
3/3 FT
Isaiah  Hartenstein
12 REB
8 DREB
4 OREB
Oklahoma City Thunder
Few players
7 REB
Paul  George
7 As
4 TO
40 MIN
Josh  Giddey
7 As
3 TO
35 MIN
Paul  George
31 EFF
38% 2P%
63% 3P%
Shai  Gilgeous-Alexander
22 EFF
44% 2P%
60% 3P%