The Los Angeles Clippers entered Monday night's game against the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers in need of a victory after losing the first game of a back-to-back against the Utah Jazz, now owners of the Western Conference's best record after dispatching the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the Clippers appeared destined to lose their second game in as many nights in spite of Paul George's best efforts after they went down by 13, 111-98, with five minutes left to go in the contest.
But the Clippers just don't know when to quit.
The Clippers ratcheted up the intensity on the defensive end and made one timely bucket after another as they went on a 21-6 run to close the game, snapping the Cavs' eight-game winning streak with a 119-117 victory. And Clippers fans couldn't help but feel elated after they beat one of the best teams in the NBA in the early goings, especially without the services of Kawhi Leonard, who still doesn't have a timetable for his return, and John Wall, resting on the second night of a back-to-back.
Comeback clippers were in full effect tonight !!
— LA 🌴 (@iDont_Cheat) November 8, 2022
That Clippers comeback. Omg!! 21-6 run at the end of the game to win by 2! Wow.
— megamikey (진수)🇰🇷🇺🇸 (@megamikey114) November 8, 2022
Some fans also couldn't help but point out that the Clippers love being a thorn in Donovan Mitchell's side after completing yet another come from behind victory over the explosive scoring guard. Fans will remember that the Clippers came all the way back from a 25-point deficit during Game 6 of the second round of the 2021 playoffs to knock the first-seeded Jazz led by Mitchell.
Clippers keep giving Donovan Mitchell PTSD with these comeback wins…
— King_Of_Fedoras (@King_Of_Fedoras) November 8, 2022
Meanwhile, others voiced their displeasure over the free-throw disparity over the final minutes of the game, which fueled the Clippers' comeback efforts. The Clippers ended up scoring 15 of their final 21 points from the charity stripe, prompting some to joke about how the officials ended up gifting the game to the home team.
Clippers 4th quarter mvp pic.twitter.com/W8bUAhgsVM
— Logan Hoover (@Lhoov69) November 8, 2022
that’s what happens when the other team fouls every time you set foot in the key
— ick 🦀 (@IceColdKlaw) November 8, 2022
Nonetheless, the Cavs will be kicking themselves for not sealing the deal earlier, especially Darius Garland, who struggled immensely in crunch time. Garland also missed a crucial free throw that would have cut the Clippers' lead to only one point as both teams played the free-throw game in the end.
Garland down the stretch: 2 horrible turnovers, a 3 that wasn't even close, missed 1 of 2 critical free throws. I know he is young and talented but his sloppiness with the ball at times is very troubling. Those were inexcusable turnovers and fueled the Clippers comeback.
— Tim Corbett (@TimCorb89601888) November 8, 2022
Paul George has stepped up big time as the Clippers' number one option, keeping them in the game before Norman Powell and Terance Mann came alive during crunch time. PG13 put up 26 points and he was at the heart of the Clippers' efforts to snatch victory away from the Cavs' grasp. And with Kawhi Leonard out for who knows how long, George will need to perform like this on a nightly basis for the Clippers to continue their winning ways.