Clippers rally late, Cavaliers’ 8-game winning streak ends

Los Angeles (AFP) – Paul George scored 26 points and created a three-point tiebreaker with 37 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Clippers recovered from a 13-point deficit in the final five minutes to snatch the Cleveland Cavaliers’ eight game. Back-to-back wins with a stunning 119-117 victory on Monday night.

Norman Powell scored 13 of his 17 points in the frenetic fourth quarter in favor of the Clippers, who finished the race 21-6 for his fourth win in five matches.

“That’s a great win, a win that strengthens the team against a really good Cleveland team,” said George. “It was great for our composure late in the game to find a way to scratch and get our way back in, and then we just closed it in.”

Unbeaten since opening night in Toronto, Cleveland led 112-100 before the Clippers scored 15 consecutive points while the Cavs missed seven consecutive shots and made three turnovers.

“I asked the guys to stay in the game. It was just a team effort. Don’t give up. Not give up. That’s who we are, and it was nice to get back into that,” said Clippers coach Tyrone Lo, who won a ring with Cleveland in 2016.

Powell tied it in a running corner throw as he was fouled with 1:03 to play. After Darius Garland missed a three-pointer, George made his technique less graceful down the lane and fired the free throw for his only points in the fourth quarter.

Evan Mobley ended the Cavaliers’ five-minute field goal drought with 29 seconds remaining, but Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson both hit free throws. George missed two free throws before there were 1.4 seconds left, but Kevin Love’s entire court made no mistake.

“This is our best win, our biggest win,” George said. “They hit the ball really well, but they have elite scorers, elite shots, and I thought we did a good job just to reconcile with them from both ends.”

Donovan Mitchell hit eight three-pointers and scored 30 points, and Mobley added his 26th season high before spoiling in the last minute for Cleveland. Mitchell gave another prolific offensive performance with his new team, but the goalkeeper did not score any field goal in the last 11 minutes.

Garland had 19 points and 12 assists, and Jarrett Allen added 10 points and top 20 rebounds of the season, as the Cavs’ longest winning streak since late 2017 ended in dramatic fashion.

Morris scored 20 points for the Clippers, who recovered and won despite the continued absence of two veterans.

Kawhi Leonard missed his eighth game in a row since October 23 while resting indefinitely on his surgically repaired right knee which forced him to miss the entirety of last season.

The Clippers also went without John Wall, who doesn’t play consecutive games while rebuilding strength in his left knee. Wall has played just 40 games since December 2018, and had never played in two of the past three seasons in the NBA before joining Los Angeles in July.

After five points against the Lakers, Mobley scored 16 points in the first half against the Clippers. Mobley grew up in Temecula and then played a mile on Figueroa Street in USC for one season before Cleveland made him the third overall pick in 2021.

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Cavaliers: Karis Levert scored four points in 36 minutes. …love scored 17 points.

Clippers: Luke Kennard scored six points after sitting out on Sunday feeling uncomfortable in his chest. … Jackson started and scored 18 points and seven assists after missing the last 18 minutes on Sunday after hitting his knees with Utah’s Nickel Alexander Walker.

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Cavaliers: At Kings on Wednesday.

Clippers: The Lakers host on Wednesday.

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