George Lifts Clippers Over Warriors, Giannis Triple-double Fuels Bucks
Faizan Hashmi Published December 03, 2023 | 11:50 AM
Los Angeles, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Dec, 2023) Paul George drilled the game-winning three-pointer as the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 22-point third-quarter deficit to stun the Golden State Warriors 113-112 on Saturday.
George finished with a game-high 25 points. Eleven of those came in the fourth quarter, when he finally put the Clippers in the lead, for the first time in the game, with 9.9 seconds remaining, connecting from beyond the arc over a helpless Klay Thompson.
The Warriors had a final chance, but Draymond Green missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
George said the comeback was especially meaningful against the Warriors' potentially potent offense.
"They can put points up so quick," he said. "The fact we were able to come back, it just shows a lot -- this group is ready to fight and play all the way until the end."
James Harden added 21 points and Kawhi Leonard chipped in 20 for the Clippers, who withstood 17 three-pointers from the Warriors.
Stephen Curry scored 22 points and handed out 11 assists for Golden State.
- Antetokounmpo triple-double -
Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo's first triple-double of the season -- 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists -- helped the Milwaukee Bucks finally see off the Atlanta Hawks 132-121 in a game that featured 17 lead changes.
Damian Lillard added 25 points and nine assists for the Bucks, who were tied 114-114 with less than six minutes remaining but out-scored the Hawks 18-7 the rest of the way.
The thing that impressed Nets coach Jacque Vaughn about Bridges's big first quarter was that "nothing was forced."
"It was in the flow," Vaughn said. "I thought his teammates around him got him into great position so he could score the basketball and he took advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves."
The Magic suffered their first defeat since a November 14 loss to the Nets, coming up short in their bid for the first 10-game winning streak in franchise history.
Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony scored 20 points each for the Magic, who trailed by as many as 25 in the first half. They cut the deficit to nine late in the third quarter before the Nets pulled away again.
The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a nail-biting 123-117 victory over the Hornets in Charlotte.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 28 points, 10 of them in a fourth quarter that saw the lead change hands six times.
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