The Los Angeles Clippers rediscover the joy of victory after a derby defeat against the Lakers by overcoming a dive Golden State Warriors at the bottom of the table.
Clippers overwhelmed Golden State Warriors, returning to the top 2 of the West
Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points before joining the LA Clippers’ main players outside the final half. Sometimes the visitors made a difference of up to 34 points, before slowing down and winning 131-107 at the deserted Chase Arena.
The match saw a series of empty seats due to concerns about COVID-19. Many warnings were erected outside the entrance, requiring spectators with signs of infection not to join the old neck in the yard. The players and coaches did not respond to interviews in the changing room as usual.
However, there were no irregularities taking place in the yard. Paul George and Patrick Beverley each scored 15 points on the day the Clippers team had a total of 7 players scoring 10+ points. Reggie Jackson contributed 16 points, while JaMychal Green achieved a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
After losing a series of 6 consecutive victories at the Staples Center, the Clippers stepped into a battle in San Francisco with a strong attack. They soon created a 2-digit gap and did not let the opponent catch up any of the remaining time.
The Los Angeles Clippers took the lead with a 28-point lead after half the game and increased the score to 84-50 after two consecutive long throws by Patrick Beverley. This difference was maintained by Doc Rivers’ students until the end of the third period.
Dragan Bender balanced a personal record with 23 points for the Golden State Warriors. Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, while Marquese Chriss had a 10-10 match despite an injury. Still, that was not enough to prevent the Clippers from depriving the West of second place from the Denver Nuggets.
64 points from a close duo, Houston Rockets cut a series of 4 consecutive losses
James Harden got himself 37 points, he and Russell Westbrook with 27 points contributed 64 points to the home team scoreboard to end the chain of 4 consecutive defeats in the past days. The Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves with the score: 117-111.
Despite the final victory over the T-Wolves, the Houston Rockets proved to be a tougher team than the visitors at the beginning of the match. Coach Mike D’Antoni’s army made mistakes continuously and paid the price with points on the opponent’s side.
However, the “rocket system” from Houston always knows how to wake up after the first dreaming moment. Leading by James Harden and Russell Westbrook, both helped the home team to regain their advantage and thereby won an uneasy victory at home to Toyota Center today.
Houston Rockets’ losing streak, arguably their longest chain this season, after the team has won six consecutive victories to bring the team to 6th place in the Western rankings.
After a shameful defeat to Orlando Magic on Sunday, James Harden announced he would bring victory to comfort the fans. And of course, he did it after bringing in 37 points with the victory to appease those who love the team.
On the other side of the front line, D’Angelo Russell gave himself 28 points to lead the team scoring list. However, the “pack of wolves” could not avoid their third defeat in a row even though the team had a better start.
D’Angelo Russell still proved to be very brave in integrating the gameplay extremely quickly in new teams because of his ability to coordinate and finish. But he alone could not do a miracle in front of an extremely solid team like Houston Rockets in the last minutes of the game, especially when the team was without service from Karl Anthony-Towns.
T-Wolves will play against Thunder on March 14.
Rockets will meet the Lakers on March 13.
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