The LA Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors, 109-100, after a superb rally in the fourth quarter. Doc Rivers’ team had a lot of troubles, but they came out on top in the end, only due to a fantastic performance in the last period.
During the final 12 minutes, the hosts outscored GSW 36-17, catching their usual rhythm in the closing sequence like so many times this season.
“That’s what we are… We’re a work in progress. We just got to keep getting better,” Rivers told at the press.
Many predicted a confident win of the home team, forgetting that although Warriors might be one of the worst teams in the league, Steve Kerr’s guys got there due to unreal adversities they faced, not due to their quality. The first three periods of tonight’s contest showed that.
The Clippers had to go deep and give 100% of their abilities in order to erase a 10-point deficit coming into the final frame.
“Getting stops on the defensive end,” Kawhi explained how his team got back the confidence and how they changed the momentum on the floor.
“We came into the fourth quarter, and I just said they aren’t going to score the ball no more. And then we came down and made shots.”
The Claw had one superb dunk on Warriors Omari Spellman, which is one of the best this season. Without a doubt, Leonard was the best player in Staples this Friday, scoring 36 buckets with 9 boards and five assists.
With the way Clippers opened the match, it was easy to think that Rivers’ crew wasn’t going to have any troubles. But the game developed a bit different. The Warriors were not going to allow any slips, and although they weren’t shooting the ball quite well, they force 17 turnovers throughout the first three quarters. And pretty much that was the main thing which kept them in the game.
“If we want to win a championship, we want to improve in all aspects of the game… Be very detailed,” said Kawhi not wanting to emphasize turnovers or anything particular following the reporters’ questions.
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Besides Kawhi, the hosts had Lou Williams, who added 21 buckets with 8 assists. Montrezl Harrell had 11 with 10 boards, and Patrick Beverly just missed a triple-double.
The fantastic guard who does all the dirty work for the Clips had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 dimes, with three blocks. After the game he would have a little chat with Steph Curry near the sidelines.
Among the guests, Spellman and Glen Robinson III had 17 points each, and Alec Burks, who came off the bench, added 16 with 8 boards and 5 assists. However, Burks was just 3 of 17 from the floor, not being able to provide shooting consistency.
In general, the Warriors were bad on from the field, hitting just 38.5% of their attempts, 37 for 96.
Up next, they have a clash with the Grizzlies on the road before coming back home to meet the Dallas Mavericks, who lost tonight against the Lakers. Following that clash, GSW (9-31) has two more matches at Chase Center versus Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic.
The Clippers (27-12) travel to Colorado to have a big matchup against the Nuggets on Monday. It’ll be very important for Kawhi and the boys to win this one and jump over Denver in the second place of the West. This might be the potential Western Conference semis, and having a home court advantage would be critical. Following this challenge, LAC comes back home to play against the Cavaliers and the Magic.
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