LA Clippers come from behind to beat Portland by 18 points
The LA Clippers (hereinafter referred to as the Clippers) won a come-from-behind victory over the Portland Trail Blazers (hereinafter referred to as Portland).
The Clippers beat Portland by 118-1112 points in the NBA 22-23 regular league game at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on the afternoon of the 30th (Korea time). This kept the Clippers in fifth place in the Western Conference with 13 wins and 9 losses.
The Clippers were active in the game with 32 points and 4 rebounds, including 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 12 assists, and Norman Powell with 4 three-point shots. Portland fought hard with 37 points and 4 assists, including 9 3-pointers, and 32 points and 2 steals, including 5 3-pointers by Jeremy Grant.
In the first half, Portland led by 61-53, eight points, with Simon’s 19 points and Grant and Usurf Nerkic’s performance. The Clippers were forced to feel the absence of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Luke Kenard and John Wall.
In addition, with 10 minutes left in the third quarter, Grant blocked the ball to Marcus Morris Senior and succeeded in scoring fast and three pull-ups to accumulate runs. As Jackson and Jubachi made a follow-up score, this time, Simons scored three consecutive pull-up three-point shots to widen the score to 18 points. The Clippers faced the fourth quarter with an 82-95 and 13 points difference thanks to Jackson’s hard work in a situation where Simons’ sense of outside shots continued.
The Clippers bench players, who took over Jackson’s flow, finally managed to tie the game at seven and a half minutes into the end of the game. Powell’s performance was especially dazzling. He led the Clippers’ chase with 10 runs in four minutes. Powell continued to score afterwards, but Portland made a score for Grant and Simons to run away from the Clippers’ outer defense.
In response, manager Tyrone Lu cut off the flow once with a timeout and put Moussa Diabite on the super-strong team that did not take him off the court. Diavite defended the Clippers’ paint zone and helped Powell focus on scoring, succeeding in reversing.
Diavite, who was chosen by coach Lu, fired up Simons’ layup to the block around the 1st minute of the end. This led to Powell’s free throw. Since then, the Clippers have won Portland by six points, with Jackson adding a free-throw score.