The New Orleans Pelicans suffered a 126-103 blowout loss against the LA Clippers in their quest for a playoff berth. Coming off of a narrow loss at the hands of city rivals LA Lakers, the LA Clippers absolutely dismantled the Pelicans' defense in the first half of the game. They exhibited selfless play with excellent ball movement.
While the Clippers set a franchise record by hitting 25 three-pointers, the Pelicans struggled throughout the game with misjudged passes and turnovers. Paul George concluded the game with 28 points - 8-11 from downtown - and 3 steals. Zion Williamson, who was restricted to 14 minutes on the court, scored 7 points and 5 rebounds while Lonzo Ball continued his abysmal shooting.
LA Clippers rained 3s on New Orleans Pelicans in the first half
The New Orleans Pelicans struggled to keep their playoff hopes alive in the first QT against the LA Lakers. Paul George was off to a red hot start, draining 3-3 from downtown. There were a couple of bad judgements while passing by Zion Williamson, Jrue Holiday, and Lonzo Ball that ended in turnovers.
The LA Clippers concluded the first QT 37-25 in their favour, rattling 9 three-point shots while the New Orleans Pelican led in turnovers. However, Paul George appeared to be lazy on defense.
. The LA Clippers dismantled the New Orleans Pelicans' defense, scoring 77 in the first half. The 3-point avalanche continued for the Clippers in second QT. They were awfully close to beating the Golden State Warriors’ record for most made 3s in the first half.
After a bucket and steal in first QT, Zion Williamson scored 4 points for the New Orleans Pelicans before getting benched as a precaution after a fall. Paul George stripped the ball from Lonzo, which translated into an unselfish play in transition concluding in a layup by Morris. George recorded 3 steals in the first half as Pelicans trailed 45-77 with 12 turnovers.
New Orleans Pelicans' comeback attempts were futile
The Pelicans did put up a fight in the second half. The LA Clippers were off to a rusty start while the Pelicans tried to rally back into the game after a devastating first half, with Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart stepping up.
However, it did not last long as Paul George drained 3s from downtown, including an impressive corner fadeaway. The New Orleans Pelicans’ attempts were futile as the LA Clippers concluded the third QT with 37 points.
By the fourth QT, the Pelicans had basically given up as Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, and Lonzo Ball took to the bench. Kawhi Leonard concluded the game with 24 points and 6 rebounds.
Published 02 Aug 2020, 07:30 IST