Clippers outlast Warriors in late-game effort, 113-112

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The Clippers overcame a 24-point deficit with Paul George’s three-pointer and game-winner giving them a much-needed victory.

LOS ANGELES – In 48 minutes of play time, the Los Angeles Clippers led the Golden State Warriors for only nine seconds – the final nine seconds. 

Stephen Curry and the Warriors visited Arena just two days after defeating the Clippers, 120-114. 

Deja vu started creeping in for Los Angeles in the first half when the Warriors jumped out the gate sinking threes. 

The Clippers fought tooth and nail all the way to the final nine seconds. After a missed Curry jumper, Russell Westbrook (who had just recently reentered the game) grabbed the defensive rebound and fed it to George. 

An otherwise mostly Golden State crowd was silenced due to a late stepback three-pointer from George, and a missed three from Draymond Green at the buzzer only put the nail in their coffin. 

Here are three takeaways from Saturday’s matinee game:

Draymond Green looms from downtown

A high-volume Warriors crowd seemed to give Golden State all of the momentum early in the game. 

Green set the tone offensively for the Warriors in the first quarter as he sank four three-pointers to tie his career-high for the most in a quarter. 

Green’s four threes contributed to a collective seven from Golden State in the first to give them a 13-point lead. By halftime, the Warriors were shooting 54.5% from beyond the arc while the Clippers were shooting less than half at 25%.

James Harden comes up big in third quarter

Harden helped the Clippers clutch up in the third quarter and cut their deficit from 22 points to just two. 

The new addition scored 15 points in the quarter while producing 10 more points off of his assists. Harden finished the game with 21 points in 35 minutes while also collecting five rebounds and nine assists.

No Terance Mann in second half

Starter Terance Mann did not receive any minutes in the second half when head coach Ty Lue rotated him out for Norman Powell.

Mann has long served the Clippers on the court in a multitude of ways. Most recently, the team has climbed to the #2 defense in the league since Mann became a starter on Nov. 17. 

However, his offensive side of the ball, mainly in the three-point category, hasn’t had as strong of a start this season. According to Law Murray of “The Athletic”, of Mann started the year off missing 28 of his first 33 three-pointers.

“At this point, I think TMann is a little in his head about shooting the 3,” George told reporters about Mann after the game. “I know he’s not off to the best start percentage wise behind the line. The best way to get through that is to keep shooting.”

Up next, the Clippers will return to Arena Wednesday to host the Denver. The two teams last faced off just 11 days ago, where Los Angeles lost an 11-point lead. Then, the Clippers will travel to the Delta Center in Salt Lake City to square off with the Utah Jazz on Friday.