Paul George just played arguably the best game of his career in the most important game of his career

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What was the best game of Paul George’s career? It’s a surprisingly difficult question to answer for such a decorated player. George has been steadily excellent for almost a decade, but largely lacks signature performances. He has never once scored 50 points in a game and has only four career triple-doubles. His career-high 48-point outing against the Utah Jazz in 2015 came in a loss. His best game score came in a 47-point, 15-rebound gem against the Brooklyn Nets in 2018, but that team was 8-18 at the time.

He’d never scored 40 in a playoff game entering Monday, nor did he reach 30 once in his legendary seven-game duel with LeBron James in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. His 37-point domination of the Jazz in Game 5 of the second round might be the answer, but it was quickly overshadowed by Terance Mann’s 38 only a game later. Dig through George’s game logs and you’ll find plenty of gems, but no signature. He has never been defined by a single game.

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