The Los Angeles Clippers hosted the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night looking to avenge the loss from Paul George’s season debut.
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 134-109 to improve to a franchise-record 11-1 at home on Sunday night. Montrezl Harrel had a historic night as he became the fourth player in NBA history to have 34+ points, 12+ rebounds and 2+ blocks off the bench.
Here are some takeaways from the Clippers’ dominant win over the Pelicans:
1. The Clippers bench dominated the entire night
The Clippers’ second unit came out strong against the Pelicans as they scored a season-high 72 points. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell combined for a total of 55 points as well as Rodney Mcgruder scoring nine points of his own.
The duo of Lou and Montrezl were nearly impossible to stop during the game. Lou was plus-26 while he was on the court and Harrell was a plus-30.
2. Montrezl Harrell is making an early case for 6MOY
Individually, Montrezl Harrell was the highlight of the night. As Ivica Zubac struggled with foul trouble all game, Harrell was left to get the majority of the center minutes in which he took advantage of. Harrell had a career high-matching 34 points, along with 12 rebounds and two blocks.
He was 13/18 from the field and 8/10 from the line, including a few and-one opportunities. Harrell did significant damage to the Pelicans in the second half, when he made 9 of 11 shots and scored 24 of his points.
Harrell was able to prove that he doesn’t need Lou to score points, he was able to demonstrate his isolation skills. With his tremendous foot speed, he has moves that he can go to in iso and completely surprise the defender with how he finishes at the rim.
3. Clippers got a much-needed blowout win
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both got a much-needed rest during the fourth quarter in the win against the Pelicans. The past three games the Clippers played in came down to the final minute of regulation.
The Clippers stars will need all the rest they can get as they travel to Dallas on Tuesday to face the Red-hot Luka Doncic and the Mavericks.
Leonard and George were already on the same page when asked about Doncic, describing him as “the head of the snake” in separate postgame interviews.