George, Clippers rain 3s on Pelicans in 126-103 blowout

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 02, 2020 08:54 AM
George, Clippers rain 3s on Pelicans in 126-103 blowout
Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard, left, goes up against New Orleans Pelicans' Lonzo Ball, top right, during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (AP) — Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and had eight overall for 28 points for the Los Angeles Clippers, who rode a team-record barrage of long-range shots to beat the faltering New Orleans Pelicans 126-103 Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines).

The Clippers broke the franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers. George made 8 of 11. The Clippers also tied the team record for 3-pointers made in a half and fell one short of the NBA record by hitting 16 of 24 in racing to a 77-45 halftime lead.

Los Angeles made its first six 3-pointers to take a 20-6 lead. Patrick Beverley scored from behind the arc for L.A.’s first points and then George connected on three straight possessions for a 12-2 lead just 2:11 in.

Leonard and Beverly kept the barrage going for six straight 3s before Leonard had the Clippers’ first miss. The Clippers made 9 of 13 3s in the first quarter for a 37-25 lead.

Leonard had 24 points for the Clippers, who bounced back from a 103-101 loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

The Pelicans had a minor scare midway through the first half when rookie Zion Williamson stepped on Reggie Jackson’s foot and appeared to slightly roll his right ankle while driving to the basket, ending up on his backside under the basket. He got up with a slight limp and was subbed out.

With the Clippers well on their way to a blowout win, it was an opportunity for the Pelicans to get Williamson out of the game. They’re monitoring his playing time because he missed nearly two weeks of practice after leaving the team for a family medical matter on July 16. He played only 15 minutes in a loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday night when the NBA resumed after the coronavirus shutdown.

Williamson returned for the start of the second half.

New Orleans’ playoff chances continued to shrink. They came into the day tied for 11th in the Western Conference. They have lost both of their games since the restart.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 15 and Brandon Ingram 14 for New Orleans.

The Clippers have already clinched a playoff spot in their first season with Leonard and George playing together. They are second in the West behind the Los Angeles Lakers.

TIP-INS:

Pelicans: The Pelicans had 12 turnovers in the first half while the Clippers had only two. ... After a 6-22 start, the Pelicans have gone 22-16 in their last 38 games, but it might not be enough to get them into the playoffs.

Clippers: It was Doc Rivers’ 939th career victory, which moves him past Red Auerbach for sole possession of 11th on the NBA’s career list. ... The Clippers led 103-63 late in the third quarter when George and Leonard were taken out.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Play the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday (Tuesday in the Philippines).

Clippers: Play the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday (Monday in the Philippines).

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