Clippers end losing streak

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Frogs didn’t fall from the sky. The moon did not turn blue. But a relatively rare phenomenon occurred at Staples Center on Saturday. The Clippers won there for the first time in February with a 103-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Maybe he was basking in his monster game of 31 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks, which tied a career high for blocks. But without prompting, he said, “We had the question all season long: Is this the turning point? Is this the turning point? This has to be the turning point. We have to play well. We leapfrogged them, and now we have to catch the next team.” By mentioning “leapfrogging,” Brand was pointing out that the Clippers entered the day in the No. 10 position in the Western Conference behind Golden State. They moved to 91/2 games behind New Orleans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Although a home victory over Golden State, which did not have Baron Davis, might not look like that glorious of an NBA moment, Brand’s point was that only 27 games remain, and the Clippers cannot afford to wait any longer to make a move. Time is running out. “I’ve been asked at least four times, after a big win or road win, if this is the turning point,” Brand said. “This has to be it.” The Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak and not only were victorious at home for the first time since January, but won for the first time in 13 days. Maybe Elton Brand was caught up in the moment. center_img Even though they won by 13 points, the Clippers hardly had control – until the fourth quarter. Through three quarters, there had been nine lead changes and seven ties with neither team leading by more than six points. With the Clippers up 83-81 with 7:54 left, they went on an 8-0 run to go up by 10, and Golden State did not recover. Corey Maggette scored five points and Shaun Livingston had a three-point play during the run. Maggette and Livingston’s play during that critical run underscored their role in the win. Those two, Brand and Quinton Ross are the only Clippers in their normal rotation who aren’t hobbled by some sort of injury. In a sense, the Clippers needed to have big contributions from them on Saturday, and they responded. Maggette had an overall solid game with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Livingston responded with 14 points and a career-high 14 assists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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