Anthony Davis mentioned the Los Angeles Lakers “gave away” victory towards the LA Clippers with errors late within the sport.
Kawhi Leonard scored 11 of his 35 factors within the fourth quarter and had 12 rebounds to assist the Clippers to a 111-106 win over their metropolis rivals within the NBA’s marquee Christmas Day sport.
“They needed it extra,” Davis mentioned. “We had plenty of errors down on the finish of the sport, psychological errors at each ends of the ground. We fouled lots within the fourth quarter, put them to the road. We gave that one away.”
The resilient Clippers trailed by 12 factors at half-time, by 15 within the third quarter and by seven within the fourth quarter with 6:39 remaining, however they rallied to enhance to 2-Zero towards the Lakers this season.
“We didn’t flinch,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers mentioned. “We simply form of hung in there. Nearly felt like we have been biding our time and simply attempting to make a run. That’s one thing it’s important to have when issues aren’t going nice for you. You have got simply acquired to hold in there and I assumed we did that tonight.”
Leonard set a franchise document for factors scored in a Christmas Day sport, and he turned the 10th participant in NBA historical past with no less than 35 factors, 10 rebounds and 5 assists on December 25.
Montrezl Harrell had 18 factors off the bench and Paul George added 17.
“Now we have so many interchanging elements,” Clippers guard Lou Williams mentioned. “Now we have guys which can be going to have huge nights. I believe I had 5 or 6 factors tonight, and that’s simply how this group is constructed. It’s going to be completely different guys each night time.”
Kyle Kuzma led Los Angeles with 25 factors. LeBron James had 23 factors, 10 assists and 9 rebounds, whereas Davis had 24 factors.
The Lakers had an opportunity to tie within the ultimate seconds, however the video overview confirmed James touched the ball final after Patrick Beverly knocked it away as James went up for a three-pointer. George hit two free throws for the ultimate margin, condemning the Lakers to their fourth straight defeat.
“That wasn’t the sport proper there,” James mentioned. “I imply, it’s a huge play and also you wish to attempt to get it proper, nevertheless it wasn’t the place the sport was misplaced.”
There was loads of star energy sitting courtside for the highly-anticipated sport, together with Crimson Sizzling Chili Peppers bassist Flea and R&B star The Weeknd.
Kevin Hart discovered himself nearer to the motion than anticipated when Davis missed a fallaway shot on the finish of the primary half and ended up on high of the comic. James ran over from the bench and did the identical, a lot to the amusement of Hart’s youngsters.