Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Aug 1 (EFE) .- Forward Paul George confirmed that he has reached the resumption of the NBA regular season in a great way, and led the scoring exhibition with eight triples. Los Angeles Clippers against the New Orleans Pelicans, who were beaten this Saturday by a 126-103 beating.
George made three consecutive 3-pointers in the opening minutes and contributed 28 points as the Clippers’ leading scorer, setting a new mark for shots and hits from outside the perimeter.
The Clippers broke the franchise record by scoring 25 of 47 3-point attempts.
George scored 8-for-11. The Clippers also tied the team record with 3-pointers in the middle of the game and lived up to the NBA record by shooting 16-for-24 with a 77-45 partial lead at halftime.
“We were having fun,” said George at the end of the game. “We put the job in tonight and it was worth it in the end.”
The Clippers scored their first six triples, giving them a 20-6 partial lead that they never lost the rest of the way anymore.
Point guard Patrick Beverley scored from behind the arc for the Clippers’ opening points and then George connected on three possessions in a row for a 12-2 lead with just 2:11 minutes since the game had started.
Forward Kawhi Leonard and Beverly maintained the bombardment for six consecutive triples before Leonard had the Clippers’ first failure.
The Los Angeles team scored 9 of 13 3-point attempts in the first quarter with a 37-25 run.
Leonard contributed 24 points as the Clippers’ second-highest scorer, who recovered from a 101-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday, on the opening day of the regular season restart.
The victory was No. 939 in the career of coach Doc Rivers, who leads the Clippers, and he surpassed the legendary Red Auerbach at eleventh place on the NBA’s all-time list.
Reserve guard rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 15 points as the leader of some Pelicans who lacked shooting inspiration.
While forward Brandon Ingram had 14 points, but only two rebounds, and rookie power forward Zion Williamson, who played 14 minutes, could not be a winning factor either, with seven points and capturing five balls under the hoops.
The loss, the Pelicans’ second straight, takes them away from the chance of reaching eighth place in the Western Conference, the last that would entitle them to be in the playoffs.
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