Clippers pull off unusually drama-free win over Charlotte – Daily Breeze



Justise Winslow, Luke Kennard, Brandon Boston Jr. and the rest of the Clippers bench did the heavy lifting again Sunday – but this time they were charged with holding a lead and not trying to erase one.

The Clippers led for the entirety of the fourth quarter in a 115-90 victory over the Charlotte, their eighth consecutive against the Hornets – against whom they’re 21-3 since 2010.

The Hornets (28-23) entered the East Coast matinee having won nine of their previous 12 games and facing a Clippers (26-26) team that was playing its fourth game in six days – and their seventh of their eight-stop road trip. The Clippers will conclude the longest road trip in the NBA this season, assured of finishing at least .500 on the 13-day odyssey.

Off the bench, Winslow finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and a career-high three blocks. Kennard had a career-high-tying 10 rebounds to go with 14 points – his third career double-double. And rookie Brandon Boston Jr. had his second-highest scoring output, with 19 points.

The Clippers’ defense stifled a Charlotte team averages an NBA-high 115 points per game, limiting them to their lowest scoring total all season on a season-low 32.7% (32 for 98) from the floor.

The Clippers went into the half with a slim four-point advantage, started the third period with a 6-0 spurt to extend their lead to 57-47 and then finished the quarter with a 7-0 surge to give themselves an eight-point buffer entering the fourth, when they outscored the Hornets 31-14 for an unusually easy victory for a team that had to try to fight back from double-digit leads in each of its past six games, including a victory despite trailing by 35 against Washington.

More to come on this story.



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