The LA Clippers are back in business with a win over San Antonio

Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Following three victories in a row, the LA Clippers needed a win against the San Antonio Spurs. The game plan was straightforward, as the goal was to end this contest by halftime. This meant players outside of superstars Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George would have to contribute significantly.

Furthermore, the LA Clippers coerced an enormous lead in the first half. This was mostly because rotational pieces like Norman Powell and Robert Covington came off the bench and proved to be an instant offense. As a result, these two finished with 28 points, nine rebounds, and six three-pointers made. Covington, however, locked up the Spurs with two steals and three blocks.

That said, George was the player of the night. Not only did he post 35 points, but he added seven assists, four rebounds, three steals, and zero turnovers. This is a phenomenal stat line that fans would love to see moving forward.

George may have had an outstanding performance, but Leonard was not far off. He closed the win with 27 points and seven assists with zero turnovers. This adds to him shooting 10-16 from the field. If these two superstars can continue these performances, the LA Clippers will achieve their goals in no time at all.

The LA Clippers are incredibly close to where they would like to be.

With over half of the season gone, the blueprint is right in front of head coach Tyronn Lue and the LA Clippers. As the team is only 0.5 games back from the fourth spot, this season-long winning streak arrived at the perfect time.

Moreover, the LA Clippers’ performance against a young team like the Spurs showed the league how special they could be. In addition to winning by nearly 40 points, the Clippers shot 58.4% from the field, 47.4% from three, and only turned the ball over five times.

This blowout victory left time for young players to chime in and add to the lead. One of these players who deserves more minutes is the former second-round pick, Jason Preston. In just six minutes on the court, Preston dropped three points, four rebounds, and three assists. Lue should strongly consider inserting the floor general into the lineup, as the talent is clear as day.

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Nevertheless, the LA Clippers travel to Atlanta for their first game of a long road trip. Though it may be more demanding, Lue and his squad should aim to build a prominent lead through the first 24 minutes. This will be major, especially in a game on the other side of the country.