The LA Clippers set a franchise record en route to a blowout of the Pelicans.
That’s the right way to come back after a loss, right? The LA Clippers looked like a championship contender on Saturday as they coasted to a 126-103 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The team was clicking on all cylinders as they made a franchise-record 25 three-pointers. They were just two makes shy of tying the NBA record. The team came out red hot, shooting an impressive 67% from deep in the first half. The barrage never let up until garbage time.
Paul George again led the charge for the Clippers with 28 points. He could not miss from deep, knocking down 8 of his 11 attempts from three-point range. George started this off early, hitting his first three attempts from deep.
His superstar running mate, Kawhi Leonard, had 24 points himself. The only other player in double-digits for the Clippers was Reggie Jackson who had 15 off the bench. All 13 players on the Clippers played and all 13 scored.
For the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram led the way but only scored 14 points. The Clippers did well to limit him and point guard Jrue Holiday who only managed to score four points. Zion Williamson also only scored seven but he was on a “burst restriction”, a newly coined term for how the Pelicans are approaching resting him.
All in all, there was not too much to complain about this game. If we have to nitpick, the bench unit had some sloppy turnovers in garbage time but that’s to be expected, especially from a group that likely has not had a lot of time together.
All in all, this was exactly the game the Clippers needed after their loss on Thursday. In their next game, they should only look better with Lou Williams likely able to finally rejoin the team. Their next outing comes on Tuesday when they “host” the Phoenix Suns who are still fighting in an attempt to move into the ninth seed in the West.