Every time the LA Clippers have needed a big response to a challenging circumstance in recent weeks, it seems they have come through in a big way. Completing a massive comeback against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday afternoon, the Clippers showed why they have the 'it' factor to win an NBA championship this season.
Brooklyn began the Sunday matinee up 16-0, and it looked like LA might be on their way to a deflating loss after four days in a row off. Instead, the Clippers continued to fight and pulled out their 19th win in their last 23 games.
Going down by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, the Clippers finished the game on a 39-10 run over the final 11 minutes, suffocating the Nets' offense. Incredibly, Brooklyn did not score a single point in the final 5:33 of play, as LA finished the game on a 22-0 run.
The Clippers are proving they have the 'it' factor
A team that looked sluggish for much of the first three quarters suddenly turned it on and steamrolled the Nets to win the final quarter by 26 points. Russell Westbrook was huge for the Clippers, logging his second-highest point total this season with 23 off the bench. James Harden led the team with 24 points and 10 assists.
After the game, Westbrook gave credit to the Clippers fans for showing up for an early tipoff and said that their energy inspired him. "My job is to come in and bring a spark every single night," he said. "I feed off the crowd, and I keep my energy high."
In many ways, winning a game like this is a testament to what the Clippers are building this season. In circumstances where it would have been easy to just take a game off after falling down big so early, everyone stayed together and battled all the way back.
It is that kind of resiliency that has so many feeling good about what is happening in LA this season. The Clippers continue to rise to the occasion when challenges rear their head, and that is certainly a characteristic of a champion.