Clippers Erase 21-Point Deficit To Beat Pelicans
NE W YORK (Dispatches) - Blake Griffin sank a clutch three-pointer as the Los Angeles Clippers completed the team’s greatest road comeback since 2004 with a 112-103 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
Griffin drained his three-pointer with 43 seconds remaining en route to a 27-point performance against the Pelicans who were playing their first game since a leg injury ended the season of all-star center DeMarcus Cousins.
Griffin also had 12 assists for the Clippers, who rallied from a 21-point first-half deficit and ended the Pelicans’ four-game win streak.
Griffin said they got an earful at halftime about their play in the first half from coach Doc Rivers.
“He got into us a little bit. He said all the things we needed to hear,” Griffin said. “When coaches say what you need to hear and players come out and execute on it, it’s a perfect harmony.”
Lou Williams tallied 22 points, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 19 rebounds, and Tyrone Wallace scored 19 points in the win. “We never feel like we are out of a game. We find hope in being naive,” Williams said. “We never think we are going to lose.”
Anthony Davis had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans, who missed star forward Cousins after he tore his Achilles tendon in the final minute of Friday’s win over Houston. Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds when he went down.
The Pelicans suffered just their second loss in their last nine contests. Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points to lead his Milwaukee Bucks to a 110-96 win over the Chicago Bulls. The all-star forward added nine rebounds and eight assists to help the Bucks improve to 3-0 since interim coach Joe Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd.
In Toronto, Fred VanVleet came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points as the Toronto Raptors manhandled the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 123-111 at the Air Canada Center.
With Sunday’s win, it became official that Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and his staff are going to join players DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry in Los Angeles for next month’s 2018 NBAAll-Star Game.
LeBron James had 25 points, 14 assists and narrowly missed his second straight tripledouble, and Cleveland sent Detroit to its eighth straight loss.
Cleveland has won consecutive games for the first time since a five-game winning streak Dec. 9-17.
James was 8 of 15 from the field, 8 of 9 from the foul line and had eight rebounds. Kevin Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Tobias Harris and Anthony Tolliver each scored 20 points for the Pistons. It was the Pistons’ eighth straight loss. Russell Westbrook scored 37 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers, 122-112 for their eighth straight victory.
at San Antonio 113, Sacramento 98: Bryn Forbes scored a season-high 23 points, helping San Antonio overcome a sluggish in a game in which Sacramento coach Dave Joerger left in the opening minutes after a dizzy spell.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Manu Ginobili each added 15 points in San Antonio’s 13th straight win over Sacramento. Dejounte Murray had 14 points and 10 assists, and Pau Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Joerger exited two minutes into the game after slapping his hands together after a non-call, taking two steps toward midcourt and then turning toward his bench and dropping to one knee. He braced himself with one hand on the court and another on a staff member before rising with the help of another staff member. He was taken to the locker room and was examined by a Spurs team doctor. A San Antonio official said Joerger was experiencing lightheadedness and was being kept in the locker room for precautionary reasons.