Playoff P breaks out of slump in an eventful Sunday

By Royce YoungESPN Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two days ago, Paul George started an answer to a question about the responsibility of guarding Donovan Mitchell while maintaining his offensive aggressiveness and stopped himself.

"Y'all ain't met Playoff P yet, huh?" George said with a smile.

George, who has made a name for himself with sparkling playoff performances, had set himself up. With the memes probably chambered and ready, George was either going to live up to it or feel the wrath.

With 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including 8-of-11 on 3-pointers (an OKC franchise record in the playoffs) as the Oklahoma City Thunder took Game 1 against the Utah Jazz 116-108, Playoff P showed up.

"I'm going to bring it to that level on a nightly basis," George said. "Obviously, I was hot tonight, but that's the level I am going to bring it to every night."

Asked how big the hoop looked for him, still on his game, George replied regarding an Instagram post: "About as big as that fish I posted."

Great night to fish Oklahoma

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