1/10/20 LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Clippers without the services of Paul George (Left-Hamstring) held on to beat the Golden State Warriors 109-100 at the Staple Center. The leading scorer for the Clippers was Kawhi Leonard with 36 points and for the Warriors Glenn Robinson III, and Omari Spellman both with 17 points.
Lou Williams was the leading scorer for the Clippers off the bench with 21 points, and Montrezl Harrell, 11 points, and 10 rebounds. The Warriors' Alec Burks was the leading scorer off the bench with 16 points and Eric Paschall 12 points.
At the end of the first half, the Clippers were down to the Warriors 53-48 due to the hot shooting of Golden State's Robinson III 6 of 8 from the floor with 13 points, Spellman 11 points, and Damion Lee 8 points. Leonard led the Clippers in scoring with 15 points.
Both teams in the first half shot poorly from three-point range, the Clippers 35% 7 of 20 shots, and the Warriors 21.1% 4 of 19 shots. Golden State wasn't playing as if their record was (9-30) was given Los Angeles all they could handle in the first half.
After the third quarter ended, Leonard had 26 points, and the Clippers were down ten-points 83-73, had the Clippers' fans shaking their heads, trying to figure out why the Clippers were down to a team that didn't have Stephen Curry (Fracture Left-Hand) or Clay Thompson (Left ACL).
One of the main reasons is the Clippers had already committed 17 turnovers that led to 11 points for the Warriors. and was outscored in second-chance points 11 to 2.
The Clippers in the fourth quarter, got their first lead of 87-85 after Harrell was fouled on a layup, and made a free-throw with 8:47 left in the game. Leonard delivered to give the Clippers a five-point lead 96-91, after making a pull-up jump shot.
With 2:22 left in the game, Williams nailed a huge three-point shot to increase the Clippers lead to six-points 104-98, and the Warriors called a timeout. Draymond Green made a cutting layup that made the score 104-100 with1:46 left in the game.
The Clippers responded with a monster dunk by Leonard pushing the lead back up to six-points 106-100 forcing the Warriors to call another timeout with 1:16 left in the game.
The Clippers defense stepped up with two defensive gems, Patrick Beverly blocking Glen Robinson III shot, and Leonard blocking Alec Burks' shot.
Beverly three-point shot with 37 seconds left secured the 109-100 victory over the Warriors, help the Clippers improve their record to (27-12). The Clippers are just a bunch of guys that believe in each other no matter who is on the floor, and just find ways of winning even when they are not playing at their best.
"We put so much energy and stuff in the past few days that I felt we were trying to do the right thing instead of just playing, "Lou Williams said. "We start playing more freely and open up in the fourth. Our energy picked up, and we got some stops and the pace picked up."
Leonard is one of the hardest players in the NBA to defend, great footwork, explosive when attacking the basket, great shooter, and just brings it every night for the Clippers. During the fourth quarter of games, he is almost unstoppable.
In the fourth quarter, we took care of the ball, "Leonard said. "I feel like we were making shots early and doing a good job running our offense, and we were able to contest shots."
The Clippers' next game will be this Sunday in Denver to take on the Nuggets. For more photos from this game, the gallery is at the bottom of the post. All the photos are by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1. #NBA, #LAClippers, #TGSportstv1, #GoldenStateWarriors,