LAst Night's Action: Clippers Sign of the Apocalypse
LA Clippers defeat New Orleans Hornets 99-95. The team with the best record in the NBA versus the team with the worst record in the NBA. It’s all academic, right? And it certainly looked that way when the Clippers trailed the Hornets by 12 in the middle of the second quarter.
But there must have been some planetary shenanigans going on as the Clippers decided to actually show up in the third quarter holding the Hornets to only 16 points making their shots. And the Clippers held on to the lead in the fourth quarter until the Hornets went on a quick 5-0 run to take an 83-79 lead with 4:41 left in the game.
But the Clippers remarkably responded from the free throw line of all places. Making only 50% of their free throws, they started hitting their foul shots although they still were nowhere near perfect causing a lot of heart palpitations across the Southland. But the Hornets just shot themselves in the foot. A bad Chris Paul pass, their own free throw problems and their inability to grab a defensive rebound down the stretch essentially handed the game on a silver platter to the Clips.
Eric Gordon led the Clippers with 27 points while Blake Griffin had 24 points and 13 rebounds in helping the Clippers achieve something that even the revolutionary record-breaking Miami Heat couldn’t do. And so it has come to pass. The ground has not swallowed us whole. The poles have not inverted. We are still alive to have witness the Clippers win their second game of the season.