The Los Angeles Clippers got a bounce-back win against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Los Angeles Clippers escaped New Orleans in 129-126 win following a blown 18-point lead at the half by Los Angeles that allowed New Orleans to stay in reach of the game.
Los Angeles came into this game looking to gather another win following their loss against the Dallas Mavericks.
To start the game, the Clippers were sharing the ball extremely as they came out strong offensively while the Pelicans kept responding as they kept scoring and the pace of the game was uptempo.
Los Angeles went on a 14-4 run towards the end of the first quarter that pushed the Clippers ahead by eight points. The Clippers finished the first quarter with a seven-point lead.
The bench play from the Clippers extended their lead in the second quarter as shots were falling and players were making good decisions at the defensive end. As New Orleans was itching to cut their deficit down, the Clippers kept scoring.
Los Angeles went on a flurry of runs in the second quarter to break the game open to take an 18-point lead at halftime. At the half, the Clippers had five players who were in double-digits with scoring.
Just as the Clippers are good for creating separation between themselves and their opponents, they have had a nagging issue of letting their opponents climb their way back into games. The Clippers always find themselves in that predicament and this Pelicans team reminded them of this habit.
In the third quarter, New Orleans managed to cut into their deficit to five points as they went on a 17-4 run with 4:12 left in the quarter. Los Angeles responded to the New Orleans run by getting some stops and making shots to keep their lead. The Clippers led the Pelicans by four points to end the quarter.
Los Angeles struggled in the first part of the fourth quarter as shots were stalled and there was not much of a defensive effort for the team.
New Orleans had stellar performances from players like Julius Randle and Jrue Holiday that helped the Pelicans keep themselves in the game long enough to have a chance to win. Anthony Davis was a terror for the Clippers on the defensive end of the ball.
The game came down to the final minutes as New Orleans turned up the intensity on Los Angeles. The Pelicans took the lead with six minutes left with momentum working in their favor.
Randle led the charge for the Pelicans in scoring as he had 37 points prior to him fouling out at the 4:04 mark of the fourth quarter. With Randle out of the contest, the Pelicans had the play of Holiday and Davis to lean on to extend their chance to win.
Both Holiday and Davis finished the game with double-doubles. Holiday finished the game with 32 points, four rebounds, 14 assists, four steals, and one block. Davis had 23 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks.
The Clippers found some life with help from Tobias Harris, Lou Williams, and Danilo Gallinari towards the end of the fourth as they were able to score the ball in any way possible.
Williams hit a long jumper to beat the shot clock buzzer to keep the Clippers ahead by three points with six seconds left to play in the game. Harris ended up getting fouled with four seconds left and his free throws sealed the win for the Clippers.
It was all hands on deck for the Clippers throughout the game. The bench for Los Angeles showed up strong in the second quarter to help give the Clippers their huge lead. Their bench outscored the Pelicans 52-51.
Williams and Montrezl Harrell led the bench with a combined 34 points. Patrick Beverley and Tyrone Wallace both contributed eight points each.
Harris and Gallinari continued to lead the Clippers in scoring in this game. Harris finished with 27 points, six rebounds, one assist, and two steals. Gallinari scored 24 points, grabbed five rebounds, and had four assists.
Los Angeles gets the win over New Orleans on the backend of their back to back road games. The Clippers are now tied for first place in the Western Conference with the Denver Nuggets (16-7).
Los Angeles will travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies (13-9) on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. PT.