LA Clippers' Thrilling Comeback Victory Over Warriors



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

LA Clippers' Thrilling Comeback Victory Over Warriors
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The Los Angeles Clippers clinched a dramatic 113-112 victory over the Golden State Warriors, despite leading for only 9.2 seconds in the entire matchup. Paul George's late heroics, a stepback 3-pointer that gave the Clippers their first lead of the game, was the decisive moment in a contest where they had trailed by as much as 22 points in the second half.

“We just didn’t give up," George, who led the Clippers with 25 points, six rebounds, and six assists, said of the comeback. The victory was especially sweet for the Clippers, who had lost three of their last five games.

"This was a gutsy win for us and we needed a win like this,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue reflected on the team's performance.

Warriors' Lost Lead and the Clippers' Rally

The Warriors, led by Stephen Curry with 22 points and 11 assists, seemed in control for the majority of the game.

However, their inability to maintain a significant lead, as seen earlier in the week against Sacramento, came back to haunt them. "It felt like we deserved this one,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, reflecting on the game that slipped away.

The fourth quarter saw the Warriors maintaining a lead with Thompson's early 3-pointer pushing them ahead 98-88. But the Clippers, fueled by James Harden's 15 points, rallied to cut the deficit to two in the third quarter.

The Warriors stretched their lead to 17 points in the second, but the Clippers managed to close the gap to nine by halftime. In a finish, the Warriors led 111-106 with just over a minute left on the clock. Harden's score brought the Clippers within reach, setting the stage for George's game-winning shot.

The Warriors had a chance to reclaim the victory in the final moments, but Draymond Green missed a potential game-winning 3 at the buzzer. The Clippers' win avenged a 120-114 loss to the Warriors just two days earlier in San Francisco.

“It’s big,” Kawhi Leonard said, who contributed significantly in the game. “We’ve been trying to be consistent. We’re getting better but very slow. With the way things have been going it feels great to pull out a win. We just got to stay confident and stay motivated”.

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