Los Angeles Clippers passed over the Charlotte Hornets (115-90). The Hornets’ offense bogged down in the fourth quarter against the visitors’ solid defensive line. At the Clippers, the contribution of his substitutes allowed him to get enough of an advantage to take an important victory from Charlotte.
The Clippers started the game with inaccuracies. However, the weak defense shown by the Hornets gave wings to the visiting attack. Charlotte’s men kept up the pace thanks to LaMelo Ball’s ability to grab rebounds and orchestrate counterattacks. At the end of the first 12 minutes the game was still tied.
In the second quarter, the offensive level of the locals left much to be desired. However, even though the Hornets shot under 35% from the field in the first half, they trailed by only four points at halftime. The Clippers’ defense, led by Justise Winslow, already showed what they were capable of achieving.
After passing through the locker room, the best version of the Angelenos was seen. Marcus Morris, who was returning to the court after missing the last three games for personal reasons, was one of the team leaders and contributed 16 points with 50% shooting from the field. He was joined by Reggie Jackson, who was the highest scoring player on his team, contributing 19 points and five assists.
However, the decisive factor was the bench. The appearance of Luke Kennard as playmaker and dealer, as well as the increased aggressiveness of Brandon Boston Jr., are further evidence of the team’s growth. While the +/- stat isn’t always reliable, the bench quintet of de Winslow, Kennard, Boston Jr., Bledsoe and Hartenstein averaged +25.4. Tyronn Lue gave them the reins of the team and closed out the game with all five starters on the bench.
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