16 Mar 2019, 12:37 IST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The third quarter has been an issue for the Los Angeles Clippers for the reason that All-Star break.
Doc Rivers liked how they dealt with that interval this time, though he was passed by the top of it.
The Clippers trailed the Chicago Bulls by six at halftime however had their highest-scoring output in 1 / 4 this season as they rallied for a 128-121 victory on Friday night time. Los Angeles scored 45 factors within the third, when Rivers and Chicago coach Jim Boylen had been ejected for arguing .
“I like the way in which we responded,” Rivers stated. “We did not play nicely within the first half however we had been terrific within the third. That beginning group actually set the tone which was nice.”
The Clippers trailed 63-57 at halftime, however took management within the third to go up 102-84 going into the fourth. Los Angeles shot 40.eight % from the sphere within the first half however was 16 of 24 within the third quarter and 5 of eight on 3-pointers. The Clippers additionally had six steals and compelled seven turnovers.
It was solely the fourth time in 11 video games for the reason that All-Star break that the Clippers have outscored an opponent within the third. They got here into the sport averaging solely 26.9 factors and permitting 31.6.
Danilo Gallinari scored 12 of his 27 factors within the quarter and Landry Shamet made three 3s. Los Angeles opened the quarter with a 19-Four run and the lead reached 18 shortly earlier than Rivers and Boylen had been kicked out after they started arguing with 1:10 remaining after Boylen felt Clippers ahead Montrezl Harrell was too aggressive on an offensive foul.
Referee Jason Phillips stated in a pool report that each coaches had been assessed a technical for arguing and obtained a second for persevering with.
Harrell added 26 factors and Lou Williams 18 for the Clippers, who’ve gained six of their final seven video games and 9 of their final 12.
“The vitality on protection wasn’t there within the first half, so we picked it up on that finish within the second half. That carry-over confirmed,” Shamet stated. “We had been higher offensively, shared the ball extra, and obtained out on transition extra. It began on the defensive finish.”
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 31 factors and Robin Lopez added 22. The Bulls have dropped 4 straight.
“We simply obtained a bit of sloppy and careless within the third quarter. We performed 24-26 minutes of actual good basketball and we now have to play 48,” Boylen stated.
The primary half was a see-saw affair because it was tied 10 occasions and there have been 22 lead adjustments. Chicago led by as many as seven late within the first quarter as LaVine and Lopez every scored 10 factors.
Los Angeles trailed 35-31 early within the second quarter earlier than scoring eight straight factors to take its largest lead of the half. Chicago rallied to take a six-point lead at halftime.
Bulls: LaVine had his 46th recreation scoring 20 or extra factors this season. It’s the fifth-highest single-season complete by a Chicago participant within the final 20 years.
Clippers: Shamet scored 9 factors and was Three of 6 on 3-pointers. He continues to steer NBA rookies in 3s made (140) and 3-point share (42.2 %).
Bulls: Go to Sacramento on Sunday. The Kings have gained the final three.
Clippers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The Clippers have gained the final three.
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