The Los Angeles Clippers opened their winning record by beating the Portland Trail Blazers by a favorable 86-116. The reserve Luke Kennard was the main protagonist of the meeting with 23 points and an outstanding 6 of 7 in triples, equaling his NBA career record.
“If I get two or three shots in a row, I really want to be aggressive on the next shot,” admitted Luke Kennard in the middle. ESPN. «My colleagues were looking for me, especially in transition. That’s where I try to slip away from defense, ”he explained.
After reaping two very close defeats against the Warriors and Grizzlies, the Clippers were very aggressive from the initial jump and at halftime they led by 14 points on the electronic score (56-42). The aforementioned Kennard was especially successful with 17 points and four triples in the first 24 minutes.
“He got us going in the first half. Our players understand that when he’s on the court, we have to look for him, ”said Tyronn Lue. “We know that we are going to play through PG, but any night can be anyone’s,” he added.
The Clippers continued to extend their lead after passing through the locker room, and early in the fourth quarter they were up 30 points. His second unit did not slow down the pace led by Kennard and an especially active Terance Mann who contributed 13 points.
“We had 37 assists, but we should have had 50. We had 15 open pitches that we didn’t get,” Tyronn Lue said.
Other highlights of the Angelenos were Reggie Jackson with 18 points; and star Paul George with 16 points, 5 rebounds and a career-high 8 steals.
In the Oregon franchise, its star Damian Lillard is not very fine at this start of the season, and last night he was only 12 points with an 0/8 in triples. For his part, his partner backcourt CJ McCollum was the leading scorer of his team with 20.
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