Los Angeles, CA —The Los Angeles Clippers (16-7) on the second night of a back-to-back came out like a team disappointed by its effort in a loss the night before at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks (114-110).
They needed all 48 minutes to hold off the New Orleans Pelicans 129-126 on Monday night after the Pelicans erased a 18 point deficient.
The game was controlled by the Clippers for most of the night. They went into halftime up 12 (77-65) using a 41-point second quarter to separate themselves. Then they surrendered the lead in the 4th when the Pelicans were able to go on a 12-0 run taking a 117-115 lead.
Then reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams did it again hitting a big shot with his foot just inside the three point line giving the Clippers a 127-124 lead with just six seconds remaining. The Pelicans were never able to recover.
"If you're going to compete in the Western Conference -- there's a lot of talented teams -- you're going to have to be able to do that," Williams continued. "So, I think that was good for us." He finished with 20 points 7-12 FG.
Tobias Harris finished with 27 points team-high and Danilo Gallinari contributed 24 points.
Beverly one night after being ejected after his incident with a heckling fan came up huge for Coach Doc River hitting two huge three’s in the final quarter.
The bench for the Clippers outscored the Pelicans 52-21.
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The New Orleans Pelican (12-13) were without two of it’s starters Elfrid Payton and Nikola Mirotic, but still had superstar Anthony Davis.
Davis had a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds (game-high). He spoke after the game about his teams sixth loss in the last eight games: "For the most part, we're in every game," Davis said. "We're beating ourselves."
Julius Randle picked up a lot of the slack with starting forward Mirotic being out by scoring a career-high 37 points 15-24 FG but picked up his 6th foul with 4:04 left in the game. "When you are playing aggressive, trying to make things happen, it goes like that sometimes," Randle said. "I've just got to be better, smarter in those situations."
"We missed defensive assignments. There were a couple of times where we were not aggressive enough, especially on guys that can really score," Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said. "We really didn't make it hard on them."
He finished with a double-double with 32 points and 14 assist (game-high).
The Pelicans currently sit 11th in the Western Conference and welcome a Dallas Mavericks team that just defeated the Clippers on Sunday night on Wednesday 12/5.
The Clippers travel to Memphis to take on a Grizzlies team they defeated in overtime the day after Thanksgiving. 12/5 @ 5:00 PT.