Recap | LAC 127, GSW 129
Clippers Set 3-Point Mark in Golden State Thriller
Oakland, CA – The Los Angeles Clippers lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, 129-127.
Avery Bradley was the would-be hero of the game, knocking down a corner 3-pointer with less than a minute to go before throwing down a ridiculous one-handed put-back dunk over Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson to tie the game with less than 20 seconds left in regulation.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Bradley’s clutch play was all for naught, as Warriors Guard Stephen Curry subsequently scored a tough contested layup to give Golden State a 2-point lead with 0.5 seconds left.
“We want to win games,” Head Coach Doc Rivers said after the loss. “We didn’t come here to show well. This is not a competition where you get points for looking well...I thought our guys played to win.”
Though it came in a loss, the Clippers did something that no other team in NBA history has done, knocking down 13 of 16 attempts from 3-point range in the first half of Sunday night’s game. They ended the game 18-of-23, the highest 3-point percentage in a single game in NBA history at 78.3% (minimum 20 attempts).
“In the first half, we got them into different actions,” Clippers Forward Tobias Harris said after the game. “We were able to get down hill a little bit, create some lookouts.”
Los Angeles seemed as though they couldn’t miss from downtown, and forward Danilo Gallinari actually didn’t, knocking down all five of his 3-point attempts and logging 25 points. To counter the Warriors’ “death” lineup, Rivers elected to play Gallinari at center for stretches of the game while center Montrezl Harrell sat with foul trouble. The 6-foot-10 Gallinari, who has played small forward for the majority of his career, held his own against the likes of Draymond Green and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Facing the defensive length of Kevin Durant, Tobias Harris managed to lead the team with 32 points while shooting 6-of-7 from three. Harris is now in his third straight season shooting over 40 percent from downtown.
Lou Williams was forced to sit down the stretch after suffering an inadvertent poke to his eye, but the reigning 6th Man of the Year still managed to contribute 25 points in 25 minutes, including 12 of 14 free-throw attempts.
The Clippers return home tonight and will take on the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center.