End of sequence LA Clippers and an open dispute for the leadership of the NBA Western Conference. Closing the round this Wednesday (7), the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles franchise 117 to 106 away from home and interrupted the team’s undefeated streak in the league.
With the result, the Pelicans reach their fourth consecutive victory and still ‘help’ Oklahoma City Thunder e The Minnesota Timberwolveswhich retake the top positions in the conference.
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Riding on four consecutive victories, the Clippers went to Crypto.com in order to defend the top of the Western conference. The start, however, slipped out of the hands of the home team. With the collective game making the difference between Trey Murphy, Zion Williamson, CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans took the lead in the first quarter.
If on the one hand the hosts were defending their undefeated series, on the other the visitors also had a run of three consecutive games without losing. A momentum that was maintained in the second half, taking a 55-47 advantage before the break.
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On the way back to the second half, the best player of the month in the NBA asked for a pass. With averages of 24.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, Kawhi Leonard led the recovery of the home team, which revived the hopes of the fans in LA. Still, the Pelicans maintained an 11-point lead heading into the final period.
In the final stretch, the Clippers still made a reaction, but it was too late. With complete control of the actions, the New Orleans team secured their 30th victory of the season, touching the Phoenix Suns and surpassing the Sacramento Kings in the fight for a direct place in the playoffs.
With the streak interrupted in the league, the Los Angeles franchise has accumulated 34 wins and 16 losses, and is once again joined by the Thunder, Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets in contention for the top of the conference.
Norman Powell: 18 points and 1 rebound;
James Harden: 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists;
Zion Williamson: 21 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists;
CJ McCollum: 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists;
The Clippers remain in Los Angeles, where they host the Detroit Pistons this Saturday (10), starting at 5:30 pm (Brasília time). On the same day, at 0:30 am, the Pelicans visit the Los Angeles Lakers in another challenge away from home this season.