Clippers’ Patrick Beverley downplays comeback win over Warriors
The Los Angeles Clippers made history on Monday night by overcoming a gargantuan 31-point deficit to snatch an improbable 135-131 Game 2 win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors. No other Clipper was was more fired up by the effort than point guard Patrick Beverley, who was seen jumping, screaming, and hugging his teammates as the final buzzer sounded.
However, after the emotions settled down, Beverley downplayed the victory and acknowledged that this is just one win:
Patrick Beverley on #Clippers win vs. #Warriors – "It felt good. I'm going to try to be as humble as possible right now. We'll enjoy tonight, but in reality, it's just one game… We did what we wanted to do. We wanted to come out here & steal 1. it's going to be fun back in L.A.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 16, 2019
As amazing as their effort was, Beverley is right. Sure, the Clippers can soak it in and celebrate this victory. They have every right to do so. They did complete the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history.
But in reality, it was just one win. They still need to beat the back-to-back champions three more times to knock them off. That will prove to be a difficult feat. But as we saw in Game 2, nothing is impossible for these gritty Clippers.
Golden State looked to be marching ahead to a 2-0 series lead when Kevin Durant converted on a free throw to give them a 94-63 lead with over seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. But that proved to be the turning point of the game as Los Angeles outscored Golden State 72-37 from that point on.
It was a complete team effort by the Clippers, led by Lou Williams’ masterful 36-point, 11-assist performance. Montrezl Harrell had another massive outing, notching 25 points and 10 rebounds, while 22-year-old rookie Landry Shamet made the biggest shot of his young career with a cold-blooded 3-pointer, which proved to be the game-winning shot of the impressive comeback.
As Beverley acknowledged, yes this is just one win. But it’s still a massive one at that now that home-court advantage is on their side.
Beverley and the Clippers look to carry this momentum as the series heads over to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.