New Orleans gave a hard time in Los Angeles, during a match in which the Clippers have alternated with good and average. Capable of large series as in the second quarter (30-12), LA has also missed time with precision (53% of address free throws) or intensity as in the first and 4th quarter. Chris Paul (25 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds) has often marked and relaunched the machine at key moments, while Luc Mbah a Moute (14 6/6 points, 5 rebounds) was key to the rebound in the final moments the match.
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The Pelicans took the game to their account in the first minutes, facing clumsy Clippers and not yet entered the game (11-17). Chris Paul gives a little to his up to 3 points and then serving Jamal Crawford (21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists). Los Angeles 18-17 passes but passive defense gives way to the Pelicans who profit to pocket the first quarter-time 19-24. The second quarter time starts on the same dynamic, and New Orleans escapes 19-30. Stung, the Clippers will at once stimulate their game and finally show their true colors. They enchainent 30 points in 9 minutes and take up to 9-point lead (52-43) before pocketing the 37-25 quarter-time and turn in the lead 56-49 at the break.
On resumption, Gordon Anderson and reposition the Pelicans to 2 points (56-54) before the Clippers will keep away until the end of the third quarter, without killing the meeting so we feel Yet the men of Doc Rivers able to shelter. At the start of the last 12 minutes, LA leads 84-76 8 points. In the last quarter, the Clippers are 90-78 ahead 12 points, but the Pelicans do not giving up and will operate an incredible return. Evans first allows them to go back to 5 points (90-85) and Jrue Holiday between 5 straight points to go back to two points 98-96 at 3’25. At 1’30, Jordan misses two free throws and a chance to get ahead (100-98). Redick in turn misses a free throw and the Clippers make up only 3 points ahead to 5 seconds left (101-98). The time required to return Holiday (101-101), entering its three throws to 1’6 seconds after a foul on his 3-point attempts. The Clippers try an alley-oop to Jordan in the last second, but fail and end up in overtime.
Five minutes during which Jrue Holiday is still noted by her shooting and allowing Pelicans lead 105-106. Johnson makes a three-point to put the Clippers ahead. An advantage is that they do not let go until the buzzer. Chris Paul first returned a shoot in a very complicated position (111-106) and Luc Mbah a Moute takes a big bounce and has two free throws for a foul. The Cameroonians 1/2 mark (113-109) and Evans manages two shots back to 2 points 113-111 in 10 seconds of the term. Duel of free throws in the final seconds, as Johnson from 1/2 to 9 seconds. The Pelicans fail on their last possession, leaving victory to slip Clippers 114-111.
This is the ninth consecutive win for the Clippers, still 4th Conf West (28 wins / 13 losses).