Antelope Valley Press

Clippers rally from 12 down in 4th

- By JANIE McCAULEY

SAN FRANCISCO — Norman Powell made four 3-pointers over the final 7:03 to score 21 points and outduel Stephen Curry down the stretch, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from 12 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Golden State Warriors 130-125 on Wednesday night.

James Harden had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Paul George scored 24 points before fouling out on a night the Clippers were missing leading scorer Kawhi Leonard because of a left leg injury. His status for this weekend’s All-Star Game in Indianapol­is was uncertain, though coach Tyronn Lue didn’t sound overly concerned about the injury.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Lue said. “He played through it last game. He was experienci­ng some soreness in the hip, so when the game got out of reach we didn’t put him back in the fourth quarter to be smart about it.”

Curry scored 41 points and became the first player in NBA history to make seven or more 3-pointers in four straight games, shooting 9 for 19 from deep and 15 of 31 overall. He notched his sixth 40-point performanc­e of the season and has scored 30 or more in three of his last four games.

George scored five straight points to spark a 10-0 run midway through the fourth as Los Angeles came back, then Powell’s 3 with 7:03 remaining pulled the Clippers within 106104. Powell made another 3 that put Los Angeles ahead with 5:36 left and hit again from deep with 3:22 to go for the lead.

Things got heated early in the fourth when Clippers center Mason Plumlee put a hard foul on Brandin Podziemski after the rookie secured a defensive rebound with 9:36 left. Golden State’s Jonathan Kuminga shoved Plumlee as others held back Draymond Green, who already has served a pair of suspension­s this season.

Lue was then ejected for a second technical foul, Kuminga received a technical and Plumlee a flagrant foul.

Green went down hard in the key beneath the Warriors’ basket with 8:56 left in the third quarter and went to the locker room. He was examined for a concussion and cleared to return.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was denied his 500th regular-season win as he and some of his assistant coaches rejoined the team on the bench after traveling to Serbia for the funeral Dejan Milojevic and missing Monday’s win at Utah.

Podziemski made his initial four shots with a pair of 3-pointers to help the Warriors take a 59-52 halftime lead and finished with a career-best 25 points to go with seven rebounds and eight assists before he takes part in the Rising Stars Game at AllStar weekend.

The Warriors had their fivegame winning streak snapped with just their second defeat in the last nine.

 ?? ?? Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga, left, shoots against Clippers guard Norman Powell (24) and guard Brandon Boston Jr. during the first half of a game in San Francisco, Wednesday.
Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga, left, shoots against Clippers guard Norman Powell (24) and guard Brandon Boston Jr. during the first half of a game in San Francisco, Wednesday.

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