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That's a bad loss for the Rockets. Playing at home, no Anthony Davis, Kuzma gets hurt, and can't capitalize.
The Rockets are shooting like it's Game 7 against the Warriors right now.
I'm not sure how people can find this Lakers/Rockets game enjoyable when the refs call so many unnecessary technical fouls, and offensive fouls.
This feels like a #ThisIsWhyNBARatingsAreDown moment.
Why are the commentators acting like the Lakers have some kind of super glaring deficiency?
They're 33-8, 4 games ahead in the first seed, and 25 games over .500. They're fine, man.
Clint Capela out here looking like he’s making a late @AllStarGame push lol
Per Clips: The team secured its 30th win in their 43rd game this season. That’s the second fewest games to reach 30 wins in franchise history (30th win in 39th game in 2012-13).
Doc said that Montrezl Harrell was kneed in the hip. The injury isn’t expected to be serious.
The Clippers are now tied for the 2nd seed, and have a chance to finish the night 3.5 games behind the 1st seed.
Just a week ago, it seemed like fans were ready to burn it all down, as the Clippers were the 5th seed. The NBA is a roller-coaster, and it's only January.
Kawhi Leonard scored 39 points, had 5 steals, and played defense on the best shooter at the end of the game. Game saving stop.
He's easily the best two-way player in the NBA, and arguably the best player in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/15NIF2r7oe
Tale of two halves defensively.
Kawhi Leonard has 180 points in his past five games, most points by a Clipper in a five-game span since World B. Free had 184 points in 1979. pic.twitter.com/2cnYRhkEHd
J.J. Redick's 3 misses off to the side. Clips beat the Pelicans 133-130 to improve to 30-13. Kawhi Leonard was brilliant w/ 39 points on 15-28 FGs. Lou Williams finished w/ 32 pts + game-sealing 3. Clips held Pelicans to just 20 pts in the fourth.
Up next: at Dallas on Tuesday.
Kawhi Leonard with another monster game:
Good game - nice win for Clippers in the Big Easy.
Kawhi misses the 3. Timeout Pelicans with 2.4 seconds remaining. Refs currently discussing if they're going to add time back on the game clock.
LOU WILLIAMS' DICE CELEBRATION >>>>>>> ALL OTHER CELEBRATIONS. pic.twitter.com/dJplDTSWoP
Pat’s sixth rebound was big in the Clippers’ eighth game this season with at least 130 points scored which ranks tied for first in the NBA. The eight games is also tied for the most 130+ point games in a single season in franchise history.
Won’t feel the same if they don’t win. pic.twitter.com/36n6U1AEXi
Last year, Lou Williams was mocked for not having a cool enough game winner celebration.
Well his new dice rolling celebration seems like one of the best in the league now.
Lou Williams hits three-pointer for 133-127 Clippers lead. At time out, Lou pretends to be rolling dice on the floor. Lou has 32 points
Patrick Beverley's offensive rebound. Lou Williams' dagger 3. Clippers up 133-127 with 31.6 seconds left. Pelicans fans are beginning to clear out.
Lou Williams is the most clutch player on the Clippers. That's it. I'm sold.
PATRICK EFFING BEVERLEY.
The Clippers lead the league in second chance points, averaging 15. I'm not sure how, but the Pelicans have 22 second chance points today, while the Clippers have 9.
If I were the Clippers, I would not want to face Derrick Favors in the Playoffs.
That was a CRAZY sequence.
Derrick Favors is averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds against the Clippers in their two matchups.
Montrezl Harrell leads the league in taking charges. His ability and skill to take them is so important for the Clippers.
The Clippers have held the Pelicans to seven fourth-quarter points through the first seven minutes.
Trez looks a little uncomfortable out there, holding his hip after that play.
I don't understand taking JaMychal out here.
Montrezl Harrell checks in for Clippers with 7:32 left in the game.
The Clippers have opened the fourth on a 16-6 run and now have a 118-116 lead. Timeout Clips w/ 7:32 remaining.
Think Landry and Pat need to return asap.
Please tell me about how the Clippers are worse with Lou Williams.
Trezz is checking back in.
Jerome needs to take that shot.
The dance battle that just happened during the timeout at the Smoothie King Center needs to go viral.
The Clippers scored 8 points in 1 minute to tie the game 110-110. Hot damn.
“He is who he is.” Gentry says on TV about Kawhi, who they’re trying to “make a jump shooter.” He can shoot too, though, of course.
So can Lou and J-Myke, fortunate for the Clippers, now tied with Nola.
My two positive takeaways from today: Clips need to play Kawhi at the 4 more and JaMychal at the 5 more. Stretches floor for better penetration and passing lanes. If you can go smaller and w/ more shooting, you generally should, barring a giant opponent killing you in the paint.
Clippers open 4th on 8-0 run to tie the score at 110-110. Lou Williams has five of the points and assisted JaMychal Green's three-pointer
Damn that felt good seeing JaMychal hit a three in a crucial moment of the game. I can't remember the last time that's happened.
Well that was quite an unexpected burst of a fourth quarter for the Clippers.
Pelicans lead the Clippers 110-102 through three quarters. Both teams have scored 30-plus points in all three quarters -- this game is on pace to get into the 140s. Kawhi is up to 33 points on 13-21 FGs. Landry some off-the-dribble juice that qtr. Trezz's status remains unknown.
Clippers say Montrezl Harrell is good to go for fourth quarter.
Kawhi Leonard has 33 points through three quarters.
Trezz has returned to the Clippers' bench.
Clippers down 110-102 end of third quarter.
Montrezl Harrell just walked back to Clippers bench