In the most exciting game of Saturday night (non-Warriors division), Derrick Favors and the Utah Jazz eked out a thrilling 122-119 overtime victory over Paul George and the Indiana Pacers in Utah. With no Rudy Gobert in the lineup due to his knee injury, Favors notched a career-high 35 points on 14-of-24 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds.
Favors scored six points in both the fourth quarter and the extra period. His and-1 at the end of regulation tied the game at 110-110 before George missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer.
It was unfortunate for George that he couldn’t finish the job, as he enjoyed a magnificent performance. His 48 points were also a career high, and he shot 15-of-27 overall and a scorching hot 8-of-11 from long range. He also added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals:
George’s scoring outburst helped the Pacers erase a 17-point deficit, and they were in position to win at the end of regulation, only to give away a five-point lead in the final 1:17. His potential game-winning attempt was a decent look, although he settled for the long shot instead of attacking the basket and attempting to draw contact.
Even so, this was an incredible performance for George in a fun game that featured numerous twists and turns.