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Anthony Davis, Pelicans hold off Clippers down the stretch – Daily News

Anthony Davis, Pelicans hold off Clippers down the stretch – Daily News
  • The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, backside, and the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis battle for possession of the ball throughout the first half of Monday’s recreation at Staples Middle. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers retains his dribble in entrance of Elfrid Payton #four of the New Orleans Pelicans throughout the first half at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Danilo Gallinari #Eight of the LA Clippers drives to the basket on Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans throughout the first half at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers makes a move round Elfrid Payton #four of the New Orleans Pelicans throughout the first half at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket between Jahlil Okafor #Eight and Darius Miller #21 of the New Orleans Pelicans throughout the first half at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans backs in Danilo Gallinari #Eight of the LA Clippers throughout the first half at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, proper, dribbles towards New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis throughout the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, middle, goes to basket and will get fouled by New Orleans Pelicans’ Darius Miller, left, throughout the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton, left, tries to regulate a ball whereas defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams throughout the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Danilo Gallinari #Eight of the LA Clippers makes an attempt a shot in entrance of Darius Miller #21 and Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans throughout the first half at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, dunks towards New Orleans Pelicans throughout the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers reacts to his dunk throughout the first half towards the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Vacation, proper, goes to basket whereas defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell throughout the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, proper, shoots towards New Orleans Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton throughout the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, entrance left, dunks towards New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Vacation, entrance proper, throughout the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • The Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, proper, handles the ball as he tries to again down the Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari throughout the first half of Monday’s recreation at Staples Middle. Davis had 46 factors and 16 rebounds in New Orleans’ 121-117 win. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, left, shoots towards Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari throughout the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans gained 121-117. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, and New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Vacation struggle for a ball throughout the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans gained 121-117. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton, entrance, dunks towards the Los Angeles Clippers throughout the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans gained 121-117. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts as he’s fouled by Danilo Gallinari #Eight of the LA Clippers throughout a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts to a Clipper foul on Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans throughout a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans scores previous Montrezl Harrell #5 and Danilo Gallinari #Eight of the LA Clippers throughout a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans scores on a layup round Marcin Gortat #13 of the LA Clippers throughout a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots over Tobias Harris #34 of the LA Clippers throughout a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts as he’s fouled by Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers in the fourth quarter throughout a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, left, will get fouled by Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace throughout the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans gained 121-117. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Julius Randle, proper, goes to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari seems to be on throughout the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans gained 121-117. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, second from left, goes to basket towards the Los Angeles Clippers throughout the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans gained 121-117. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, left, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell go to the flooring for a ball throughout the second half of an NBA basketball recreation, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans gained 121-117. (AP Photograph/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 14: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers hugs Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a 121-117 Pelicans win at Staples Middle on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

LOS ANGELES — This week may show each bit as robust because it appeared on the schedule.

Dealing with the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, with video games arising towards the Utah Jazz on Wednesday and the Golden State Warriors on Friday, the Clippers fell behind by as many as 20 factors halfway by way of the third quarter earlier than yanking it again, taking and dropping a fourth-quarter lead, after which lastly operating out of fuel, 121-117.

They didn’t go quietly, however they misplaced their third consecutive contest.

“We’ve gotta start finishing games again,” stated Coach Doc Rivers, whose Clippers suffered one other slender defeat at house Saturday, once they misplaced 109-104 to the Detroit Pistons. “These last two games, we had a chance to win the game, but we didn’t finish the game off.”

Three buckets in the last minute by Lou Williams – who was frigid till then, having made solely Three of 16 makes an attempt – gave the Clippers (24-19) a shot at victory. However Anthony Davis rejected that notion.

Williams’ floater with 26.5 seconds left fell to make it 117-115, however Davis’ two free throws elevated the Pelicans’ result in 4 factors with 13 seconds left.

Then Williams – who was enjoying his 900th profession recreation – made a layup with 7.9 seconds left to convey the Clippers again inside two. And, once more, Davis made one other pair of foul photographs with six seconds left for the remaining tally.

Like most groups, the Clippers couldn’t do a lot to include Davis, the Pelicans’ 6-foot-10 celebrity ahead who Clippers coach Doc Rivers first knew as a considerably shorter teenage level guard enjoying in the similar AAU circles as his son Austin.

“He told me he was playing like crap in the second quarter,” Rivers stated. “I shouldn’t have talked to him.”

Davis doused the Clippers with a game-high 46 factors (after scoring simply 4 in the opening quarter) and 16 rebounds, together with 5 massive offensive boards.

“He made some tough shots, and then got offensive rebounds too that hurt us,” stated Rivers, whose staff gave up 15 offensive boards in all, dedicated 16 turnovers and allowed the Pelicans to take 19 extra photographs than they did.

“(After) one, I referred to as a timeout: There was three guys who had him beneath the basket, and he got here up with the ball. All three of our guys jumped, and I requested them which one among them thought they have been going to out-jump Anthony Davis? At what level did they assume that was going to occur?’

“You gotta hit him, you gotta box him out first – if you think you’re going to get in an athletic contest with Anthony Davis, things aren’t going to go well for you.”

Former Laker Julius Randle appeared proper at residence at Staples Middle, too, ending with 27 factors, six rebounds and 5 assists as the Pelicans earned simply their second street win this season towards a Western Convention workforce.

The Clippers stayed afloat thanks largely to Montrezl Harrell’s typical all-out exertion – and newfound courtroom imaginative and prescient. The 6-Eight middle completed with a team-high 26 factors on 10-for-16 capturing of the bench, in addition to 10 rebounds and 4 assists, for his seventh recreation this season with at the very least 4 assists and his fifth since Dec. 10.

The Clippers’ Three-pointers helped maintain them in it. They entered Monday averaging 24.5 makes an attempt per recreation (which ranked 29th out of 30 NBA groups), however they have been firing freely – capturing 18 for 36 from deep – towards the Pelicans (21-23).

Seven Clippers related from past the arc, led by Danilo Gallinari, who went 6 for 9, the most Three-pointers he’s made in a recreation as a Clipper. Tobias Harris (25 factors) was 5 for 7 from deep, Avery Bradley went Three for Eight and one apiece by Williams, Mike Scott, Patrick Beverley and Tyrone Wallace, who made his first Three-pointer this season.

A four-point play by Gallinari gave the Clippers their first lead in the second half. The veteran ahead – who’ll be visiting the dentist Tuesday after dropping a tooth late in the recreation – transformed his free throw after being fouled by Nikola Mirotic on a made Three-pointer, to make it 101-100.

After each groups performed a good, high-energy first half, all the fizz was out of the Clippers following halftime. In the meantime, New Orleans’ social gathering was nonetheless going robust.

The Pelicans opened a 92-72 lead with four:54 to play earlier than Harris and Harrell helped shake the Clippers awake from their mid-game nap. The 2 took turns scoring as the Clippers launched a 16-2 run to shut the third quarter, a surge that was capped by Wallace’s Three-pointer from the nook with 9:42 left in the quarter. His shot introduced the crowd to consideration and minimize the deficit to 94-88.

“We’re fighting (back) from a 20-point deficit, you know how much energy that exerts in an NBA game?” Harrell stated. “Particularly having to go down and guard the different finish of the flooring?

“We simply gotta cease placing ourselves in these holes. Yeah, we do an incredible job of coming again and preventing and getting again into it, however we’re operating out of fuel. We’re utilizing a lot power and we’re doing a lot preventing to place ourselves simply to get inside Three, 5 right here and there, you already know, guys are giving out.

“We just gotta start each quarter with the mindset that we’re gonna win the quarter and if we go in with the mindset of winning the quarter, then you’re gonna win the game. We just gotta stop having those lapses.”

The Clippers trailed 66-63 at halftime regardless of capturing 53.7 % from the area and making 10 of 19 from Three-point vary (their second-highest complete for a half this season). Gallinari and Harris each completed the half Three for Three from behind the arc.

Davis completed the half with 17 factors.

The Pelicans pressured 10 first-half turnovers (which they transformed to 18 factors) and dedicated solely three of their very own earlier than ending with six.

“I just want to score a lot of points. If we get 50 layups and score 130, I’m fine with that too. I don’t care how we score.”@DocRivers retains it trustworthy and emphasizes he needs to see enchancment out of his @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/WFfPTKha3j

— FOX Sports activities West (@FoxSportsWest) January 15, 2019

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