In a stunning turnaround, the Los Angeles Clippers snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a narrow 113-112 win against the Golden State Warriors at the Crypto.com Arena. Paul George emerged as the hero, sinking a clutch step-back three-pointer with just nine seconds remaining, propelling the Clippers into the lead for the first time in the game.
George's impressive performance included 25 points, six rebounds, and six assists, with crucial support from James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, who contributed 21 and 20 points, respectively.
Facing a seemingly insurmountable 22-point deficit in the final quarter, Tyronn Lue's Clippers staged a remarkable comeback against a depleted Warriors squad missing key players like Andrew Wiggins, Chris Paul, and Gary Payton II.
The visiting Warriors had dominated earlier, leading 70-48 with 11:45 left in the third quarter. However, the Clippers found their rhythm at the right moment, outscoring the Warriors 65-42 for the remainder of the game. Draymond Green's impressive first-quarter performance, with four three-pointers, wasn't enough to prevent the narrow defeat for the Warriors.
The Clippers, who had struggled since acquiring James Harden in October, avoided a second consecutive defeat after facing setbacks in San Francisco. Meanwhile, in other NBA action, the Boston Celtics strengthened their position at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 125-119 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Milwaukee Bucks kept pace with the leaders, securing a 132-121 win against the Atlanta Hawks. The LA Lakers showcased their dominance with a solid 107-97 victory over the Houston Rockets, led by Anthony Davis's impressive 27 points, 14 rebounds, and three assists.
In contrast, the San Antonio Spurs, without young prodigy Victor Wembanyama, suffered a 121-106 defeat against the New Orleans Pelicans, with Jonas Valančiūnas contributing 24 points for the Pelicans, who now occupy the eighth spot in the Western Conference, while the Spurs find themselves at the bottom.