Two days after making LeBron James look mortal and convincingly defeating the L.A. Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers went to San Francisco and made Stephen Curry look mortal, beating the Golden State Warriors by 19. Both wins came without Paul George, who was third in the NBA in MVP voting last season. To quote the great former Clipper DeAndre Jordan: “what the f–k.”
L.A. shot 62 percent from the floor, 56 percent from long range, an put up 141 in a regulation game despite 17 turnovers and just three offensive rebounds. Patrick Patterson had his best game in years (6-10 from three). Kawhi Leonard had nine assists! Landry Shamet, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Ivica Zubac — they all looked great. Two nights after putting on a defensive clinic, the Clips showed they can have the league’s best offense, too. And they certainly opened some eyes about the state of the Warriors, who have no depth behind the top four or five healthy players (a couple of which aren’t even really healthy).
The next contender to get a shot at L.A. is the Jazz next week. The Clippers’ schedule for the next month is actually pretty tough. I’m not convinced they’ll lose any games before Thanksgiving.
Hawks 117, Pistons 100
Bucks 117, Rockets 111
Clippers 141, Warriors 122
All times Eastern. Games on League Pass unless otherwise noted.
Raptors at Celtics, 7
Wolves at Hornets, 7
Knicks at Nets, 7:30
Bulls at Grizzlies, 8
Mavericks at Pelicans, 8, ESPN
Wizards at Thunder, 8
Suns at Nuggets, 9
Blazers at Kings, 10
Jazz at Lakers, 10:30, ESPN
Heat at Bucks, 5, NBA TV
Sixers at Pistons, 7
Magic at Hawks, 7:30
Celtics at Knicks, 7:30, NBA TV
Pacers at Cavaliers, 8
Raptors at Bulls, 8
Pelicans at Rockets, 8
Wizards at Spurs, 8:30
Kings at Jazz, 9
Clippers at Suns, 10, NBA TV
Warriors at Thunder, 3:30
Nets at Grizzlies, 6
Blazers at Mavericks, 7
Heat at Wolves, 7
Hornets at Lakers, 9:30
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