The Los Angeles Clippers were coming off a disappointing collapse to the lowly Brooklyn Nets in their last game. They bounced back by blowing out LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Thursday.
LeBron and team wanted their own bounce back game after a loss in their previous one but the Clippers got the 113-94 blowout victory on their home court. Los Angeles also snapped a three-game losing streak. The Clippers lost to East teams’ Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Nets in their previous three games.
Clippers dominated Cavs in the 3Q
J.J. Reddick and Chris Paul were hot from the three-point area combining for seven three-pointers. Reddick had a team-high 23 points while CP3 finished with 16 points and 9 assists.
L.A. made their run late in the second quarter and grabbed a 58-50 lead at halftime. The Clippers never relinquished the lead after the break outscoring the Cavs, 27-15 in the third quarter.
Blake Griffin played a good all-around game for the Clippers with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. DeAndre Jordan just missed a double-double with 9 points and 15 rebounds.
LeBron and the Cavaliers suffered their first back-to-back losses of the season. The defending champs have also lost both via blowouts. The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Cavs last Tuesday via a score of 118-101.
LeBron was not happy with his team’s effort and the back-to-back defeats. The Cavaliers appeared mostly lethargic for most of the game and just gave up in the third quarter when the Clippers opened up the game.
LeBron not happy with Cavs’ effort
“Two pretty poor games for sure. You’re hoping they’re not back-to-back, but it happens. Now, three games in a row? That’s something to talk about. We need to figure it out. It’s different from football where you have to wait a whole week to redeem yourself,” LBJ, who averages 6.0 turnovers per game in the last two, told ESPN.
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LeBron and the Cavs try to avoid a three-game losing streak when they face Dwyane Wade’s Chicago Bulls in their next game. Meanwhile, the Clippers face the New Orleans Pelicans next.
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