George was the scorer of the match with 33 points and still had six rebounds, while Leonard contributed 26 more points.
With great performance by Paul George and Kawhi Leonard , the Los Angeles Clippers defeated rival Los Angeles Lakers , this Wednesday morning, by 116 to 109, at the Staples Center, in the opening round of the NBA.
George was the scorer of the match with 33 points and still had six rebounds, while Leonard contributed 26 more points. Another highlight of the Clippers was Serge Ibaka , author of 15 points and six rebounds.
On the side of the Lakers, current champions, the star LeBron James scored 22 points, got five rebounds and made five assists. His teammate Anthony Davis had 18 points and seven rebounds.
Little to the main American basketball. The positive side, despite the defeat, was due to the great debut of the newcomers Montrezl Harrell (17 points and 10 rebounds) and Dennis Schroder (14 points and 12 rebounds).
The first quarter was all for the Clippers, who opened 39 to 19, thanks to eight points from Paul George and also from Kawhi Leonard, but the Lakers showed their reaction strength in the second part, thanks to a strong mark and managed to reduce the disadvantage only 56 to 54.
In order not to allow the turn on the scoreboard, Kawhi Leonard started hitting the balls from a distance. Marc Gasol had five fouls, but the Lakers relied on Schroder to equalize, on 75 points, five minutes before the end of the third quarter. That’s when Paul George made the difference and led the Clippers to get a good lead at the end of the time: 89 to 78.
The expected reaction from LeBron and Davis did not come in the latter part of the game and the Clippers showed even greater strength to secure the advantage and obtain the first major victory of the season.