Paul George’s 39-point performance led the Los Angeles Clippers (50-28) to a thrilling 120-118 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (46-33) on Sunday. George’s impressive display, alongside James Harden’s 22 points, marked the Clippers’ 50th win of the season.

Despite missing Kawhi Leonard for the fourth consecutive game due to knee inflammation, the Clippers fought hard, led by George’s dominant performance. George scored 23 of his 39 points in the decisive fourth quarter.

The Cavaliers, buoyed by a strong performance from Darius Garland with 28 points, initially controlled the game and built a commanding lead. However, the Clippers turned the tide in their favor.

Cleveland, missing All-Star Donovan Mitchell due to injury, couldn’t withstand the Clippers’ late surge despite notable contributions from Max Strus (20 points), Evan Mobley (20 points), and Jarrett Allen (17 points, 10 rebounds).

With this win, the Clippers stay in fourth place in the Western Conference, keeping a two-game advantage over the Dallas Mavericks.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers end their trip to Los Angeles 0-2 and drop from third to fifth place in the East.