George, Thunder bounce Mavs minus Carmelo

Paul George signed a four-year contract to remain with the Thunder in 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.