The LA Clippers nearly completed a 25-point comeback, but didn’t have enough in the tank to finish the deal.
Despite holding the Miami Heat to just 15 points in the fourth quarter, the LA Clippers came out of Sunday’s game with another loss. After starting the year 4-0, Los Angeles has lost four of it’s last five games.
Their only win in that stretch was a 21-point win over the Dallas Mavericks — team with a 1-10 record as of this writing. It should be a little bit concerning that the Clippers struggled so much for the majority of the game, but hey, they can’t win them all.
It would’ve been the first time that the franchise history that they’ve overcome a 20 point deficit after trailing by that margin heading into the fourth quarter. They took the lead in the final minute, before free throws by James Johnson put Miami up for good.
Blake Griffin missed a game-winning shot attempt, with the Heat up just one, before Miami made two more final free throws to close out the game. Speaking of Griffin, he also managed to lead the team in scoring with 23 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists.
Lou Williams also made sure to put up some good numbers, dropping 22 points to his credit along with two rebounds and two assists.
After losing to Detroit for the first loss of the season a few games back, Los Angeles has lost monumentally to Golden State (28 points) while also losing to Memphis by nine before Sunday’s three point defeat.
The win against the Mavericks came in the midst of those losses, but that hasn’t helped things just yet. The LA Clippers are now where we have always known them to be — not too good to be a contender, but definitely more than enough to smell the smoke.
And when there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. LA travels to San Antonio for a game versus the Spurs on Tuesday next.