Clippers dominate shorthanded Spurs, extend win streak to 4 with 138-100 victory
Paul George’s performance and injury status
Paul George made it look easy 👏— NBA (@NBA) January 27, 2023
35 PTS on 14-of-19 shooting and 7 dimes in the @LAClippers big home win! pic.twitter.com/tCjjGW4d3L
PG finished with 35 points & 7 assists to lead the Clippers to the W against the Spurs⭐️— Bally Sports West (@BallySportWest) January 27, 2023
Paul caught up with @jaimemaggio following the game🎙@Yg_Trece | @LAClippers | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/x1wDCci5ai
The Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 138-100 rout against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. The game was a showcase of the confidence and skill of Paul George and the Clippers, with George scoring 35 points and stealing the ball from Zach Collins for a windmill dunk to give the Clippers a 20-point advantage.
Clippers’ confidence and skill
George, who is averaging 22.4 points after missing five games earlier this month due to right hamstring soreness, attributes his success to staying healthy and working hard to keep it that way. “My body has been feeling pretty good, and I have been working a ton to stay healthy and keep it that way,” George said. “Everything is kind of falling into place at this point. We’re healthy and starting to figure out our rotations.”
Kawhi Leonard’s contribution to the win
The Clippers posted their largest winning margin since 2021 and it was the 11th time since 2013 that they have won a game by at least 38 points. Kawhi Leonard also contributed to the win with 27 points, 10 of 16 from the field.
Clippers’ coach Tyronn Lue’s thoughts on the team’s progress
Ty Lue shares his thoughts with the media following the W against the Spurs🔊@LAClippers | #ClippersLive pic.twitter.com/eKVxyWu9wY— Bally Sports West (@BallySportWest) January 27, 2023
“We just have to continue to keep building. We’re trending upwards, but we still got a long ways to go, but I like where we’re at right now,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
Spurs’ recent losing streak and performance in the game
On the other hand, the Spurs have dropped nine of their last 10 and 12 of their 14. Keldon Johnson scored 19 points for San Antonio, while Isaiah Roby had 14 and Keita Bates-Diop 13. “We played hard. Got our butts kicked. Hopefully learned some things. Go home and start up again,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in his brief postgame remarks.
Clippers’ dominance over the Spurs in recent games
It was the fifth time this season San Antonio has lost a game by 35 or more points and the 18th time in 23 road games. The Spurs have dropped 10 straight away from home and it is the fifth time in franchise history that they have dropped at least 10 straight road games in a season.
Upcoming schedule for both teams
The team have won seven of their past nine against the Spurs and swept the four-game season series for the first time since 1996-97. Los Angeles, who shot 58.4% from the field and made 18 3-pointers, led the entire game and had a double-digit lead for the final 38 minutes. The team begin a six-game road trip on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks while the Spurs return home to face the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.
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