New Orleans rallied all the way back from an 18-point deficit Monday to take a modest fourth-quarter lead, but Los Angeles answered in the final minutes, holding on for a narrow road victory in the Smoothie King Center.
Despite two Pelicans surpassing the 30-point mark – Julius Randle notched 37, while Jrue Holiday posted 32 – the hosts lost for just the third time at home this season. The Clippers put five players in double-figure scoring, including three with 20-plus points, to outlast the Pelicans on a night filled with offensive fireworks.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
E’Twaun Moore’s leaning three-point shot at the buzzer from the left wing came up just short, bounding off the rim to the Clippers just before time expired. A couple possessions earlier, Clippers guard Lou Williams connected on an immense deep two-point shot with 6.4 ticks left, making it a three-point margin.
PELICANS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Randle enjoyed the best offensive game of his NBA career, setting a new professional high by the end of the third quarter with 37 points (his previous top game was 36 points for the Lakers vs. Cleveland in March of last season). Unfortunately for Randle, foul trouble plagued him and he ended up being whistled for his sixth with four-plus minutes remaining in regulation, after he tried to grab a rebound away from the Clippers.
(Postgame Wrap via the New Orleans Pelicans & NBA.com)