Paul George and Kawhi Leonard put forth a valiant effort to go blow for blow with the Brooklyn Nets’ Big Three.
In any case, during the Nets’ 124-120 success over the meeting LA Clippers in a game that satisfied the pregame publicity, the Clippers star pair couldn’t stay aware of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, particularly at the foul line. Brooklyn’s star threesome joined to go 16-for-16 from the line.
Leonard was 8-for-9 at the stripe, yet George went to the line just one time in a short time.
“I mean, I think it was disrespectful that I had one free throw attempt today,” said George, who had 26 points and six assists. “I am going to leave it at that.”
The Clippers went to the line just multiple times contrasted with the Nets’ 26 excursions.
George’s possibly free toss endeavor came when he drove and scored against previous partner Landry Shamet under the bushel with 6 minutes, 58 seconds staying in the game. George needed to nearly start contact prior to shedding off the more modest Shamet to get the whistle. His three-point play gave the Clippers a 102-97 lead with 6:58 left.
However, in a game with five lasting All-Stars on the floor, George felt he didn’t get regard from the directing team.
“The amount of plays I initiated or created contact,” George argued. “And to get sent to the line [one] time …”
The Nets bounced back from their 149-146 misfortune to the Washington Wizards by outliving a Clippers group that had won 10 of its past 11 games. Irving drove all scorers with 39 focuses, Durant had 28 focuses and nine bounce back and Harden turned in a triple-twofold of 23 focuses, 14 helps and 11 bounce back.
“Like I said the other night, I took that personal just not being able to guard anyone,” Irving said of losing to the Wizards, who got 41 points from Russell Westbrook and 37 from Bradley Beal.
Leonard scored 33 focuses to go with 5 bounce back, 5 helps and 4 takes.
While George couldn’t get to the line, he and the Clippers found in a 2½-minute stretch exactly how dangerous the Nets’ super threesome is.
Durant hit a 7-footer. Irving scored eight straight focuses. Solidify then penetrated a stage back 3 to finish a 13-0 barrage.
At the point when asked what the Clippers gained from protecting the Nets’ Big Three that can help them over the long haul, Nic Batum addressed right away.
“One thing for sure: That we miss Pat Bev tonight,” Batum said of the injured Patrick Beverley, who is out with a knee injury. “We forget about that guy a lot, I think. It would be huge for us tonight, so Pat Bev, come back, please.”