The Los Angeles Clippers are not allowing ending their game this season.
Despite not having first-team All-NBA selection Kawhi Leonard and starting center Ivica Zubac, both out with knee injuries, the Clippers still managed to take the win against the second-seeded Phoenix Suns, 116-102. This interesting game took place on Monday, in front of 16,664 fans at the Phoenix Suns Arena.
“It’s just unacceptable the way we started the game,” said Suns coach Monty Williams. “It was a big blow for us. It’s pretty obvious we can’t play with a show-up mentality. We showed up in the first quarter and they played with desperation. Simple and plain.”
Paul George led the Clippers, as he poured in a playoff career—high 41 points, along with 13 rebounds and six assists. George has scored at least 20 points so far in all 18 games he has played so far this half-season. He became only the fourth player to open the postseason with a streak of 20 plus as many points. Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan are the other three players who have achieved the same.
“We thrive in this moment,” George said. “We come together even more so in these moments. This team is just made up of toughness, all across the roster. We’re going to give it everything we got and we’ll live with the results.”
Marcus Morris, DeMarcus Cousins, and Reggie Jackson also helped George I team a lot to win. That trio combined for 60 points and 10 rebounds. On the other side of the field, Devin Booker scored 31 points for the Suns.
“We’ll be ready to go for Game 6,” said Suns Devin Booker. That’s a tough loss for us definitely with a chance to clinch going to an NBA Finals. We’re going to be ready.”