Who would have thought it? NBA improbabilities abound

If you thought TCU coming back from 31 points down to win the Valero Alamo Bowl was improbable, that was just part of one of the unlikeliest sports nights you’ll probably see.

The NBA had its share of improbabilities too. Here are three of our favorites from Saturday night:

By George, he’s got it

Paul George made up for an otherwise lousy night in about five minutes of playing time.

George scored 21 of his 32 points in the final 4:47 of the Indiana Pacers’ win over the Detroit Pistons.

George was 2-of-11 from the field with seven turnovers in the first three quarter but 7-of-7 with no turnovers in the fourth quarter. It was the most makes without a miss by a player in the fourth quarter of a game this season. The 21 points tied his most in a quarter for his career.

George was the first player to score that many points in a fourth quarter while making at least seven shots in a perfect quarter from the field since Joe Johnson had 21 and made 7-of-7 for the Hawks in a loss to the Nets in 2008.

George was credited with playing 7:02 in the final period (which rounds down to seven minutes in a box score). He is one of three players to score 21 points in a seven-minute fourth quarter in the past nine seasons. The other two are Carmelo Anthony (for the Nuggets against the Kings) in 2008 and Kyrie Irving (for the Cavaliers against the Nets) in 2012

George had his fourth game this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. He had only two such games in his career prior to this season.

Duncan’s doughnut

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan did something he had never done in an NBA game in his entire career by finishing with no points in 14 minutes in a victory over the Houston Rockets.

That snapped Duncan’s scoring streak at 1,359 consecutive games. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Duncan had actually just surpassed Karl Malone for the longest scoring streak to start a career. Malone’s mark was 1,356 games.

Duncan had missed the last three games with a knee injury. He has totaled only 70 points during his past 10 games.

Easy being Green when it comes to triple-doubles

The Golden State Warriors nearly did what Oregon did against TCU in football but managed to hang on to beat the Denver Nuggets after yielding a 26-point lead.

They did so on a night where they had to figure things out with Stephen Curry, who sat out the second half with a shin contusion. Draymond Green was undaunted, finishing with one of the best lines of the season: 26 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists. The last player to hit each of those three numbers in a game was the Celtics' Larry Bird in April 1987 against the Bullets. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Green is the first player to have those numbers and four steals since steals became an official stat in 1973.

Green has seven triple-doubles in his career, one more than Curry. Green also became the first player to have back-to-back triple-doubles twice in a season since both LeBron James and Jason Kidd did so in 2007-08.