LOS ANGELES—After nearly blowing a 15 point lead in the fourth quarter to the New York Knicks on Friday night, the Clippers outlasted the visiting Knickerbockers 101-94. Behind Chris Pauls 24 points and 15 assists, the Clippers beat the reeling Knicks for the eighth straight time.
J.J Redick poured in 20 points, every Clippers starter scored in double figures. At halftime, the Clippers led 61-50, and were in the drivers seat. Than the Clippers bad habits started to emerge.
Turnovers and poor shot selection allowed the Knicks to pull even late in the fourth quarter. The Staples Center was crowded with New Yorkers-passionate fans dressed in sunset orange. Rookie phenom, Kristaps Porzingis, led the Knicks with 23 points, Carmelo Anthony added 20 and were poised to pull off the upset.
A late three pointer from the top of the key courtesy of Chris Paul sealed the victory. This roller coaster season continued on Sunday afternoon, when the Cleveland Cavaliers visited the Staples Center. It was a blowout victory for the visiting squad, 114-90. Cleveland asserted their dominance from the tip-off.
LeBron James was spectacular, he scored 27 points as the Cavs hit a whopping, and season high 18 three pointers. If the Los Angeles Clippers hope to advance past the second round of the playoffs; they have to beat the elite teams.
OBVIOUSLY, they have a dismal record against the other “favorites” that includethe San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers must find a way to reach their potential, otherwise next years roster will look completely different, i.e. Blake Griffin and possibly head coach Doc Rivers may not return.