LA Clippers push back – The Squad
The Golden State Warriors conceded Wednesday in Los Angeles, against the Clippers (134-126), a ninth loss in a row on the road and remain two successes from fourth place in the Western Conference standings which will provide home advantage. in the first round of the play-offs.
Stephen Curry struggled, even tied his best individual total of the season with 50 points (20 of 28 shooting, 8 of 14 three-pointers), including 21 in the third quarter, but the champions in title appeared lonely in the final packaging.
In a good dynamic, with four successes in a row, the Clippers were never in danger, after regaining the advantage in the score in the third quarter (79-73). They then maintained a grip thanks to their offensive rebounds (19 against 7), the second chances and the serenity of their leaders, Kawhi Leonard (30 points), Paul George (24), Ivica Zubac (19 points, 16 rebounds) and Russell Westbrook (15 with 9 rebounds and 7 assists) to win by a margin and keep the pressure just behind fourth-seeded Phoenix one win away from the Suns. Nicolas Batum played 20 minutes for 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
Twenty-eighth record out of thirty on the outside (7 successes in 34 matches), the Warriors continue with four matches to come away from their bases while they remain threatened not to directly integrate the table of the play-offs – for the top six from each Conference, with the 7-10 seeded teams contesting a play-in – since, in their rearview mirror, six teams are chasing just three wins apart.