Clippers make historic comeback

Source:AFP Published: 2019/4/16 18:38:42

Sixers ride 51-point third quarter to rout of Nets


Lou Williams of the LA Clippers goes up for a shot against Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors on Monday in Oakland, California. Photo: AFP

The Los Angeles Clippers delivered the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history Monday, rallying from a 31-point deficit for a shocking 135-131 win over the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors.

Lou Williams scored 36 points and Montrezl Harrell nailed a couple of clutch late free throws as the Clippers surprised even themselves to square the first round playoff series at 1-1.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he told his players at halftime, when they were down by 23 points, to not give up.

"I said, 'We are going to win this game.' I was honest with them. I said, 'I don't know how. Just hang in there with each ­other,'" Rivers said.

Williams also had 11 assists, going 13-of-22 from the field and eight-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Game 3 is Thursday in Los Angeles.

The stretch drive featured the Clippers' consistent mid-range game against the Warriors' inconsistent three-point shooting. But fouls and injuries also worked against the Warriors in Game 2 of the first-round series.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr described it as an epic meltdown.

"Once you lose momentum in a game, it is hard to get it back," said Kerr. "We lost this game in the middle of the third quarter when we stopped playing."

The Clippers topped the Los Angeles Lakers' rally from a 29-point deficit to beat the Seattle Supersonics in 1989. 

The Clippers also came back from being 27 points down in a playoff win over the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012.

The Warriors got more bad news after the game when they learned center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a serious injury. Cousins injured his left quad in the first quarter and is expected to have an MRI scan done on it on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Ben Simmons heard cheers instead of jeers as the Philadelphia 76ers set a franchise record with 51 points in the third quarter en route to a 145-123 playoff win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Australia's Simmons, who had criticized the Philadelphia fans' booing in Game 1 of the series, delivered a triple-double of 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley as the only Sixers to get multiple triple-doubles in the postseason, and this time he left to a standing ovation from the home fans.

Philadelphia grabbed command of the contest with a 51-point third quarter, a team record for most points in a quarter.

The Sixers also set a club record for most points in a playoff game, squaring their best-of-seven opening-round series 1-1.

Game 3 is on Thursday in New York.



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