Paul George of the LA Clippers dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 3, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Paul George bounced back from a subpar contest and used it for motivation as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday to avoid what would have been a season-first in back-to-back losses.

George drained a season-high eight threes en route to 36 points as the Clippers crushed the Cavaliers 121-99 to remain the only team in the NBA not to have lost consecutive games.

On Wednesday, the Clippers couldn’t handle the trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving as host Brooklyn beat them 124-120, handing the Clippers just their second defeat in the last dozen contests. 

George doesn’t dwell on bad games but rather looks at them as an opportunity to learn about himself and improve his skills.

“Last night was great preparation for tonight,” said George, who made eight-of-nine attempts from beyond the arc. “I did a bad job of shooting my shots. I told myself if I get the same looks, I am going to knock it down. 

“My teammates did a great job of looking for me, they set me up and screened for me.”

It was a tired Clippers team that beat the Cavaliers as they finished off their six-game road trip on a winning note in front of a pandemic-limited crowd of 2,000 people at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.

“We wanted to end this trip on a great note. We didn’t want to lose two in a row, ” said George.

Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points and Croatia’s Ivica Zubac delivered 10 points and 16 rebounds off the bench for the Clippers, who finished 4-2 on the road trip.

Collin Sexton scored 16 of his 27 points in the first half for Cleveland, and Darius Garland contributed 23 points in the loss.

George sank his eighth three-pointer with 5:09 left to give the Clippers their biggest lead of the contest at 110-93.

Los Angeles was without Patrick Beverley, who missed every game on the road trip with a sore knee.

In Milwaukee, two-time reigning NBA most valuable player Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a triple-double of 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to fuel the Bucks’ 130-110 rout of the Indiana Pacers.

Antetokounmpo connected on seven of eight shots from the field and seven of eight from the free throw line, and the Bucks led from wire-to-wire, taking a 106-72 advantage into the final period — when Antetokounmpo sat out along with the rest of Milwaukee’s starters.

Double-double for Doncic

Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with a career-high 33 points and 12 rebounds, but Indiana, coming off a 134-116 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, couldn’t slow a Bucks team that made 21 three-pointers.

Also, Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway combined to score 73 points to help the visiting Dallas Mavericks snap a six-game losing streak with a 122-116 win over the Atlanta Hawks .

Doncic scored 27 points, his eighth straight game with 25-plus points, and posted his 11th double-double with eight rebounds and 14 assists. 

Porzingis tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Hardaway came off the bench to score 22.

Source: Manila Bulletin (