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George scores 35 points, leads Thunder past Knicks 128-103

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Paul George is feeling well - and found his shooting touch.

The All-Star forward scored a season-high 35 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder rout the New York Knicks 128-103 on Wednesday night.

George made 13 of 22 shots, including 5 of 11 3-pointers. He was coming off a 32-point performance on Monday night against Phoenix during which he made 11 of 19 shots and 6 of 10 threes.

''My body has just been feeling good,'' he said. ''I've kind of played myself into good shape from a body standpoint. If I can just find open looks like that, I feel comfortable taking them.''

Knicks coach David Fizdale has seen this from George before. Fizdale was an assistant coach for Miami when George was with the Indiana Pacers, one of the top roadblocks to the Heat's championship runs.

''There was just times where we were under his shirt and he was just letting that thing go from deep,'' Fizdale said. ''We tried to trap him some. ... I felt that pain from him when I've had my best teams. This guy's a big-time player. When he gets it going like that, he's tough.''

Steven Adams had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 15 points and 12 assists for the Thunder. They have won nine of 10 since an 0-4 start, and improved to 4-1 since point guard Russell Westbrook was sidelined with a sprained left ankle. The Thunder matched their second-best scoring output of the season and posted their largest victory margin.

Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored 20 points, and Enes Kanter added 19 for the Knicks.

George scored 18 points in the first half and Adams added 15 to help the Thunder take a 65-49 lead. Oklahoma City shot 56.5 percent from the field before the break.

The Thunder put the game out of reach in the third quarter. Adams threaded the needle to find a cutting Patrick Patterson for a dunk, then Patterson lobbed to George for a jam that put Oklahoma City ahead 85-61. George scored 17 points in the third quarter, and the Thunder led 100-80 at the end of the period.

Fizdale said it was a learning experience for his young squad.

''We have a microcosm of how I'd like our guys to play,'' Fizdale said. ''Fast, athletic, disruptive.''

TIP-INS

Knicks: Kanter, who played for the Thunder for two seasons and part of another, got a warm reception from the fans when he checked in as a reserve. ... Rookie F Kevin Knox scored 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

Thunder: Shot 65.2 percent in the first quarter to take a 37-22 lead. ... It was Oklahoma City's first time wearing its City Edition uniforms, which pay homage to Oklahoma's Native American heritage by incorporating elements of the state's tribal nations. ... Adams matched a career high with five assists. ... F Jerami Grant scored 15 points. ... Rookie reserve Hamidou Diallo scored 11 points.

ADAMS TALKS TRASH

Adams and Kanter were best friends in Oklahoma City. They talked trash throughout the game, with Adams even suggesting Fizdale should take Kanter out.

Adams said he said it because he respects Kanter.

''Yeah, I was trying to discourage him because he's a bloody good player,'' Adams said. ''It's best to have him off the floor for us.''

THUNDER DEFENSE

Since Westbrook's injury, the Thunder have held opponents to 96.2 points per game. For perspective, every team in the league entered Wednesday's action averaging at least 101.2 points per game.

SCHRODER STEPS UP

Schroder has been a star in Westbrook's absence, averaging 19.2 points and 5.8 assists.

UP NEXT:

Knicks: At New Orleans on Friday night.

Thunder: At Phoenix on Saturday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Damyean Dotson made jump shot, assist by Ron Baker 0:19
+ 2 driving layup 0:30
  Personal foul on Ron Baker 0:36
  Bad pass turnover on Ron Baker 0:36
+ 2 Abdel Nader made fade-away jump shot 0:46
  Offensive rebound by Abdel Nader 0:47
  Hamidou Diallo missed layup 0:49
  Lost ball turnover on Kevin Knox, stolen by Hamidou Diallo 0:53
+ 2 Abdel Nader made floating jump shot 1:06
+ 1 Allonzo Trier made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:16
  Team rebound 1:16
Team Stats
Points 103 128
Field Goals 39-88 (44.3%) 51-95 (53.7%)
3-Pointers 7-26 (26.9%) 16-33 (48.5%)
Free Throws 18-23 (78.3%) 10-12 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 45 55
Offensive 9 13
Defensive 27 34
Team 9 8
Assists 18 32
Steals 8 11
Blocks 8 8
Turnovers 18 16
Fouls 17 21
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
35 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Knicks 4-11 22273123103
home team logo Thunder 9-5 37283528128
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 4-11 108.9 PPG 45.5 RPG 19.9 APG
home team logo Thunder 9-5 111.1 PPG 48.3 RPG 22.6 APG
Key Players
T. Hardaway Jr. G 21.1 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.9 APG 39.3 FG%
P. George SF 24.6 PPG 7.8 RPG 4.3 APG 43.8 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Hardaway Jr. G 20 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
P. George SF 35 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
44.3 FG% 53.7
26.9 3PT FG% 48.5
78.3 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 24 20 3 1 0 1 2 1 6/12 3/8 5/7 0 3 24 -14
K. Knox 29 15 5 1 1 0 3 3 5/16 2/7 3/3 1 4 20 -14
N. Vonleh 20 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 3/7 0/1 3/3 2 2 13 -20
E. Mudiay 21 7 1 5 1 1 3 0 2/5 0/2 3/4 0 1 17 -13
M. Robinson 17 6 1 1 1 3 0 4 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 1 13 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 24 20 3 1 0 1 2 1 6/12 3/8 5/7 0 3 24 -14
K. Knox 29 15 5 1 1 0 3 3 5/16 2/7 3/3 1 4 20 -14
N. Vonleh 20 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 3/7 0/1 3/3 2 2 13 -20
E. Mudiay 21 7 1 5 1 1 3 0 2/5 0/2 3/4 0 1 17 -13
M. Robinson 17 6 1 1 1 3 0 4 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 1 13 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Kanter 22 19 5 1 0 0 2 2 8/11 1/1 2/3 2 3 24 -10
A. Trier 32 11 5 1 3 0 4 2 4/10 1/2 2/3 1 4 17 -12
M. Hezonja 22 6 6 2 0 1 3 1 3/9 0/2 0/0 1 5 14 -7
F. Ntilikina 21 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 2/6 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 -11
D. Dotson 23 4 4 3 2 1 0 1 2/7 0/1 0/0 2 2 17 -11
R. Baker 5 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 -1
C. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 103 36 18 8 8 18 17 39/88 7/26 18/23 9 27 173 -125
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 28 35 7 5 2 1 0 3 13/22 5/11 4/4 1 6 55 +17
S. Adams 30 19 6 5 2 1 2 1 9/13 0/0 1/2 2 4 36 +25
D. Schroder 29 15 4 12 1 1 3 2 5/10 3/5 2/2 0 4 42 +30
J. Grant 27 15 5 0 0 0 4 3 6/10 3/5 0/0 0 5 16 +9
T. Ferguson 31 7 6 3 0 0 1 3 3/7 1/4 0/0 1 5 18 +16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 28 35 7 5 2 1 0 3 13/22 5/11 4/4 1 6 55 +17
S. Adams 30 19 6 5 2 1 2 1 9/13 0/0 1/2 2 4 36 +25
D. Schroder 29 15 4 12 1 1 3 2 5/10 3/5 2/2 0 4 42 +30
J. Grant 27 15 5 0 0 0 4 3 6/10 3/5 0/0 0 5 16 +9
T. Ferguson 31 7 6 3 0 0 1 3 3/7 1/4 0/0 1 5 18 +16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Diallo 19 11 4 0 2 0 0 2 5/11 1/1 0/0 2 2 17 +4
R. Felton 16 8 1 3 0 1 2 3 2/5 2/4 2/2 0 1 14 -9
P. Patterson 18 5 2 1 1 0 1 0 2/4 0/0 1/2 2 0 9 +22
A. Nader 2 4 3 0 0 1 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 8 +3
N. Noel 13 2 5 2 1 2 1 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 2 13 -4
A. Abrines 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 -1 +3
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +4
R. Westbrook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 221 128 47 32 11 8 16 21 51/95 16/33 10/12 13 34 227 +120