With Kawhi Leonard out due to an injury, Paul George led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-111 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
“It was no secret,” said George, who had to take the role of Leonard. “I knew I had to be big tonight and got to be big going forward.”
George had 37-points, 16 rebounds, and five assists in the game, resulting in the victory and a 3-2 series lead.
“I’ve been in Indiana where I had to lead a franchise,” George said. “It was just that mindset being back in Indy having to set the tone and come out and lead a ball club. That’s really the mindset I came out with. It was nothing that I had to prove. It was nothing that I had to be surprised about myself. I just dug into a place that I’ve been already in my career, and again, it just came down to trust.”
Leonard was sidelined due to an injury he sustained to his knee in the fourth quarter of Game 4 when he was fouled driving for the basket.
Now the Clippers head home for game 6, scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Friday.