Recap | LAC 117, NOP 121

Clippers’ Comeback Falls Short Against Pels
by Mason Bissada

Los Angeles, CA - The Clippers mounted a serious comeback against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, erasing a 20-point deficit to tie the game at 100 midway through the third quarter, but couldn’t hang on in a 121-117 loss. New Orleans prevailed down the stretch, thanks in large part to Anthony Davis’ 46 points and 16 rebounds.

“We have to stop putting ourselves in these holes,” Montrezl Harrell said after the game. “Yeah, we do a great job coming out and fighting and getting back into it, but we are running out of gas. We just have to start each quarter with a mindset to win that quarter, then we’ll win the game.”

Player of the Game: Montrezl Harrell

Once again, Montrezl Harrell provided a spark off the Clippers’ bench, pouring in 26 points and 10 rebounds and ending the night with a plus-15 mark. What might go unnoticed amid this scoring burst is his improved passing, which manifested itself with four assists; he’s racked four or more assists in three of his last four games. Harrell is exploiting defenses that crash in on his short rolls by finding open teammates for corner threes.

Key Stat of the Game:

The Clippers attempted 36 threes on the night, nearly 12 more than their season average of 24.5—the second-fewest in the NBA. They are fifth in 3-point percentage (38.4), and that efficiency remained intact as they connected on half of their attempts against New Orleans.

Up Next:

The Clippers will face reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at Staples Center.


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