Damien Williams Reaction
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The Lakers and Clippers came into Thursday having already fought three heavyweight bouts, but Round 4 was the closest one yet. The Lakers opened up a 13-point lead in the first quarter, but the Clippers fought back to build a lead of their own. Anthony Davis owned the third quarter, and finished with 34 points of his own, but the night belonged to LeBron James.
Despite struggling his way to 6-of-19 shooting, James hit the game-winning runner after rebounding his own miss. He then proceeded to defend Kawhi Leonard on the final possession well enough to force a pass, and then switched on Paul George to contest his game-winning attempt. When the final buzzer sounded, it was 103-101 Lakers.
The two best teams in the Western Conference have now played four times, and they’ve split the matchups 2-2. The Clippers have outscored the Lakers by only four in those matchups. These teams are as close as it comes, and now that their regular-season battles are in the books, they have a few months to prepare for what should be an inevitable Western Conference Finals matchup.
Tie game. Orlando opener. Top two teams in the West. The King came through 👑 pic.twitter.com/i77YzyrknH
LeBron gave the Lakers the lead on offense, and then he kept it on defense. Started the possession on Kawhi defensively, switched onto Paul George and contested his game-winning 3-point attempt. Miss. Lakers win, 103-101.
LeBron James gets his own rebound to put the Lakers back up two! It’s going to be a photo finish in Orlando.
The Clippers keep the ball after the replay. They have 40.8 seconds to make up a three-point deficit.
A missed three by Danny Green has us in yet another replay. The call on the floor is Anthony Davis knocking the ball out of bounds, but JaMychal Green may have been the culprit.
MORE EFFORT FROM CARUSO! The Bald Eagle comes away with one of the biggest steals of the season.
99-98. Amazingly, this is the closest any of these games have been. And that’s saying something.
With both teams going small, Anthony Davis and Paul George are indeed guarding one another. This is the NBA in 2020.
Notable from Vogel: it looks like Caruso has the nod as the fifth closer in place of a center.
It’s Clipper ball after the challenge. Down six, these are the moments Kawhi Leonard has owned for the past two years.
It’s our second challenge of the night. Did the ball go out on the Lakers or the Clippers?
Kuz 4 for 7 from 3, putting LAL up 94-87. He leads all bench scorers with 16 on 4 of 8 FG’s overall plus 4 of 5 FT’s, plus 6 boards. https://t.co/SX3Q6B1769
The Lakers are very, very fortunate that they got the good version of Kyle Kuzma tonight. They couldn’t have done this without him.
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