The LA Clippers completed another big comeback on Tuesday night in Portland, overcoming an 18 point second-half deficit, to win by six. The short-handed Clips were led by Norman Powell, who had 22 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 32. Oh—and Moussa Diabaté played the whole fourth quarter. Check out how it all happened in our recap below:
Both teams started the game slow, but the Blazers went on to finish the first quarter with 30 points and a five point lead. They were led by Anfernee Simons, who had 15 first quarter points, and Jusuf Nurkic, who added 9. The Clippers recieved six each from Mann and Zubac and five each from Powell and Jackson. Morris was 0/4 in the quarter, which foreshadowed the night he would have, as he finished 3/13 from the field and 0/5 from three (although he had a block, a bucket, and three rebounds during the critical fourth quarter). The Blazers then put together another 30 point quarter and extended their lead to eight by half time. Jerami Grant started to get going and the Blazers’ role players—primarily, Hart and Winslow—started to support Grant and Simons. Robert Covington led the way for the Clippers in the second, with 11 points (3/3 from three). Covington would finish with 15 points and four rebounds (+10 on the night). The Blazers, again, had over thirty points (34) in the third quarter—and Simons had almost half (15) of them (on 5 threes). The Blazers’ lead was as large as 18 and the Clippers looked like their lack of depth, given the injuries, was catching up to them. Still, though, the Clippers finished the quarter strong and were down just thirteen by the end of the quarter. In the fourth, the script completely flipped: The Clippers had their first 30 point quarter of the game (36) and the Blazers’ scoring fell off a cliff (just 17). Over 60% of the Clippers’ fourth quarter points (22) came from one player, Norman Powell, who saw what Simons did in the third and decided to show the Blazers they traded the wrong shooting guard. Norm’s sidekick was—of all people—Moussa Diabate, who played the whole quarter and was +19. 118 Wall Switch
Norm Powell Revenge Game: Norm finished with 32 points on 10/16 from the field, 4/5 from three, and 8/10 from the free throw line. As mentioned above, he did the majority of the damage in the fourth quarter, relentlessly attacking the rim, finishing tough layups or getting fouled (or both). As Law Murray pointed out, he outscored the whole Blazers team in the fourth and outscored their bench over the whole 48. Moussa Makes His Announcement: Moussa was called up from the G-League to either help this short-handed main roster win or to get “real” NBA minutes if or when the Clippers were losing by an insurmountable deficit. It turned out to be the former, as he played the most important minutes of the game, and played so well that Clippers’ defensive leader Ivica Zubac never came back into the game after leaving in the third quarter. Moussa finished with just three points, four rebounds, a block, and a steal, but his overall activity and defensive switch-ability were a revelation. Jason Preston Sighting: Along with Moussa, Jason Preston was also brought up to the main roster. He played six total minutes in the first half and hit his first NBA shot—a three pointer. He also had an assist and no turnovers. Please Let Reggie Rest: Reggie had a better game today, with 24 points (on 9/23 shooting) and 12 assists. But he got beat up pretty bad as well. He crashed to the floor coming down from a made layup and stayed there until the Clippers could call a timeout. Then, in the fourth, he took a massively important and very physical charge, which led to Grant’s sixth foul. Hopefully John Wall will be able to handle the majority of the point guard minutes tomorrow and perhaps Reggie can even get the night off to recover.
That about does it for this recap of the Clippers’ comeback win against the Blazers. As always, check out The Lob The Jam The Podcast and Clips ‘N Dip for analysis throughout the week, and follow us on Twitter to watch the game with us!
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