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Clippers nip Warriors; Bucks prevail

‘It felt good as soon as I released it.’

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 02: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers shoots the ball defended by Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at Crypto.com Arena on December 02, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Meg Oliphant / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Paul George drilled the game-winning three-pointer as the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 22-point third-quarter deficit to stun the Golden State Warriors 113-112 on Saturday.

George finished with a game-high 25 points. Eleven of those came in the fourth quarter, when he finally put the Clippers in the lead, for the first time in the game, with 9.9 seconds remaining, connecting from beyond the arc over a helpless Klay Thompson.

“It felt good as soon as I released it,” said George, who added six rebounds and six assists. “I got a good look at the basket, thank God it went in.”

The Warriors had a final chance, but Draymond Green missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

George said the comeback was especially meaningful against the Warriors’ potentially potent offense.

“They can put points up so quick,” he said. “The fact we were able to come back, it just shows a lot — this group is ready to fight and play all the way until the end.”

James Harden added 21 points and Kawhi Leonard chipped in 20 for the Clippers, who withstood 17 three-pointers from the Warriors.

Stephen Curry scored 22 points and handed out 11 assists for Golden State.

Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first triple-double of the season — 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists — helped the Milwaukee Bucks finally see off the Atlanta Hawks 132-121 in a game that featured 17 lead changes.

Damian Lillard added 25 points and nine assists for the Bucks, who were tied 114-114 with less than six minutes remaining but out-scored the Hawks 18-7 the rest of the way.

 

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