George, Thunder bounce Mavs minus Carmelo

Thunder star Paul George is sure to be heavily recruited come July.

Paul George scored 37 points and grabbed eight rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder fought past the visiting Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Sunday.

Russell Westbrook added 27 points for the Thunder (6-7), who were without injured starters Carmelo Anthony (back) and Steven Adams (calf).

“I thought we played a complete game defensively,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan told reporters. “Offensively, I thought we turned it over too much in the first half . but in the second half, offensively and defensively, we played really, really well. … To come out and play the way they did, being down two starters, I thought they did a great job, all the way through, from top to bottom.”

The Mavericks (2-12) were led by Harrison Barnes‘ 22 points and 13 rebounds.