The Los Angeles Clippers looked like a team that could make a third straight rally from a 2-0 series deficit in Thursday’s 106-92 Game 3 win over the Phoenix Suns.
This marked the Clips’ first-ever victory in the Western Conference Finals. Head coach Tyronn Lue has continued to make adjustments on the fly all postseason, and even as LA was still without Kawhi Leonard and had to contend with the return of Suns point god Chris Paul, the hosts wouldn’t be denied.
Thanks to some extremely stout defense and timely shooting, Game 3’s outcome was never really in doubt when the Clippers made an impressive second-half surge.
Paul George had an off night as a scorer, netting 27 points on 9-of-26 shooting. However, PG13 hustled on the glass, pulling down 15 rebounds. George dished out a team-high eight assists, too.
Ivica Zubac had 15 points and 16 boards, and as it turns out, made some NBA history with George:
Terance Mann had 12 key points, and Reggie Jackson continued his stellar postseason form with 23 points.
Most importantly, the Clippers buckled down on defense, as Devin Booker and CP3 combined to brick 30 of 40 shots from the field. Phoenix managed to shoot only 38.9% as a team. It’ll take a similar effort for the Clippers to even the series at two apiece when these squads square off in Game 4.
But for now, let’s take a look at the top reactions on social media from Los Angeles’ season-saving win. It feels like we’ve been here before, doesn’t it?