World news – Clippers outlast warriors in ragged games after the day of the riot

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Nicolas Batum of the Clippers was fouled by Kelly Oubre Jr. of the Warriors in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors (left) and Los Angeles Clippers players and coaches kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Golden State Warriors players and coaches kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Clippers players and coaches kneel down during the national anthem before Wednesday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Paul George, 13, the guardian of the Los Angeles Clippers, takes on Kelly Oubre Jr., the striker of the Golden State Warriors, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 . (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, 23, takes on Nicolas Batum of the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Stephen Curry, 30, guardian of the Golden State Warriors, reaches for the ball next to Los Angeles striker Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Clippers. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue points to players in the first half of his team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Kawhi Leonard # 2 of the LA Clippers is guarded by Kevon Looney # 5 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall, 7, raves about Los Angeles Clippers Center Ivica Zubac, 40, and the Los Angeles Clippers Center during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Security guard Luke Kennard (5). (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, 2, dribbles the Golden State Warriors in the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Stephen Curry (right), guardian of the Golden State Warriors, races against Patrick Beverley, guardian of the Los Angeles Clippers, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Serge Ibaka (left) shoots at Stephen Curry, the guardian of the Golden State Warriors, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Nicolas Batum # 33 of the LA Clippers is fouled by Kelly Oubre Jr. # 12 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard attempts to get past Kent Bazemore of the Warriors during Wednesday’s game in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Kawhi Leonard # 2 of the LA Clippers is guarded by Kent Bazemore # 26 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Andrew Wiggins # 22 of the Golden State Warriors tries to block a shot by the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard # 2 at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California , has been recorded. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Serge Ibaka # 9 of the LA Clippers is guarded by James Wiseman # 33 and Stephen Curry # 30 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California . NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr cheers his team during their game against the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Golden State Warriors # 23 Draymond Green and LA Clippers # 9 Serge Ibaka are going to rebound on January 6, 2021 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Kelly Oubre Jr. # 12 of the Golden State Warriors pulls an offensive foul on Paul George # 13 of the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Kelly Oubre Jr. # 12 of the Golden State Warriors makes a shot at Paul George # 13 of the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: LA Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue calls out to his team during their game against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Serge Ibaka # 9 of the LA Clippers is guarded by James Wiseman # 33 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Paul George # 13 of the LA Clippers passes the ball as he meets James Wiseman # 33 and Draymond Green # 23 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Reggie Jackson # 1 of the LA Clippers goes for a shot at Eric Paschall # 7 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Kevon Looney # 5 of the Golden State Warriors sinks the ball over Kawhi Leonard # 2 of the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Marcus Morris Sr. # 8 of the LA Clippers guards Stephen Curry # 30 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Marcus Morris Sr. # 8 of the LA Clippers is joined by Stephen Curry # 30 and Damion Lee # 1 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California , guarded. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Andrew Wiggins # 22 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Patrick Beverley # 21 of the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Stephen Curry # 30 of the Golden State Warriors passes the ball as he watches over Nicolas Batum # 33 of the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California becomes. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Stephen Curry # 30 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Kawhi Leonard # 2 and Serge Ibaka # 9 of the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California . NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Kawhi Leonard # 2 of the LA Clippers goes for a dunk on Kelly Oubre Jr. # 12 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (left) shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 . (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers sits in front of Kelly Oubre Jr. of Warriors in San Francisco on Wednesday. Leonard had 21 points in the Clippers victory. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Andrew Wiggins # 22 of the Golden State Warriors and Patrick Beverley # 21 of the LA Clippers go for a loose ball at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: James Wiseman # 33 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Serge Ibaka # 9 of the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Kawhi Leonard # 2 of the LA Clippers is fouled by Draymond Green # 23 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Kelly Oubre Jr. # 12 of the Golden State Warriors sinks the ball against the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Stephen Curry # 30 of the Golden State Warriors goes for a shot on Patrick Beverley # 21 of the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Stephen Curry # 30 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Patrick Beverley # 21 of the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Damion Lee # 1 of the Golden State Warriors goes for a shot against the LA Clippers at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 6: Kawhi Leonard # 2 of the LA Clippers goes for a dunk on James Wiseman # 33 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Lou Williams, 23, guardian of the Los Angeles Clippers, reaches for the ball next to Golden State Warriors striker Kent Bazemore in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 . (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Damion Lee (left), the Guardian of the Golden State Warriors, celebrates after a 3-point basket when he heads to head coach in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Tyronn Lue from Los Angeles Clippers runs past. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Stephen Curry (30), guardian of the Golden State Warriors, shoots against Marcus Morris Jr. (left) of the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and Paul George. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Stephen Curry (30), guardian of the Golden State Warriors, will be played by Patrick Beverley (21), guardian of Los Angeles, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Clippers, defend. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins, left, shoots against Los Angeles Clippers security guard Patrick Beverley in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr points to players in the second half of his team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Stephen Curry (left), the guardian of the Golden State Warriors, tries to control the ball as it is passed by Patrick Beverley (21), the guardian of the Los Angeles Clippers, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Andrew Wiggins, 22, the Golden State Warriors striker, dribbles the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Los Angeles Clippers security guard Paul George, left, shoots against James Wiseman of the Golden State Warriors Center in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Serge Ibaka (9) celebrates after scoring the Golden State Warriors in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

It was a strange game on a strange day, an often ragged NBA competition between opponents of the Pacific Division that lost some of its meaning before even giving a tip after breaking on Wednesday after chaotic events in the U.S. American Capitol had taken place.

« I started the day thinking about how we would protect Lou Williams without messing him up, » said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, « and suddenly it didn’t seem that important anymore, when I turned on the TV when the shootaround started.  »

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said he had spent part of the day checking in with his players individually – over the phone based on the NBA’s coronavirus logs – and was concerned to learn that none of them were aware of the pro Donald Trump mob was shocked who stormed the Capitol.

Hours before his season debut, Marcus Morris Sr. said he thinks neither he nor his teammates should even step on the field: « If it was my choice, I would not have played any games, » he said. “Stuff is bigger than basketball, man. This is secondary to what is going on in this country. “

When the Clippers and Warriors met later that evening at the Chase Center in San Francisco, they knelt together while playing the national anthem and then went to work. Her work was a break from the real drama of the day: basketball, so nice game.

Well it was some time on Wednesday when the Clippers were winners, 108-101.

LA (6-3) was at full strength for the first time this season in the hectic affair in which both teams scored 33 turnovers and 47 fouls (the Clippers went 25 for 25 off the free-throw line, the third most free ) Throws made with no mistakes in franchise history).
For his part, Morris was 2-2 off the streak, stepping into line for the first time this season after missing the first eight games with a pain in his right knee. He said he volunteered to come off the bench so as not to disrupt the Clippers’ burgeoning chemistry with Nicolas Batum on the starting grid.

« It wasn’t ‘I want to get off the bench’ anymore. It was more like ‘I want to help the team in any way possible,’ said Morris. » And if that comes off the bench, I didn’t want to that TLue (the feeling) that he can’t tell me that or ask me that question. Both were fine, but I saw how well these guys deal with the first unit and I thought I could help the second unit get things like that, play with leadership. “

And Morris, who shot 50.5 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from the 3-point range in 13 playoff games in the bubble, picked up where he left off and made the top three Shots before finishing with 12 points and 4 for 9 from the field and 2 for 6 from 3-point area.

Another bonus for the Clippers: Kawhi Leonard paused his usual injury management protocol. When he started on Wednesday, he appeared for the first time since April 4-5, 2017 in both games of a scheduled duel – around 134 games according to ESPN Stats & Info.

And Paul George was back in the line-up too after missing the Staples Center loss to San Antonio on Tuesday with a sore right ankle that he tweaked during a win in Phoenix on Sunday.

« It was a tough game tonight, » Lue admitted afterwards. « Just Kawhi’s first duel in a while, PG missed the last game and played tonight so he was a little rusty and greeted Marcus tonight who was really good in the first half. I’m just trying to play with different lineups and find out.  »

The Clippers valued all of their contributions in a tight competition – consistently closer than any of the team’s other games this season when they hadn’t played a game that a team didn’t run by at least 20.

Leonard and George both finished with 21 points in a game in which the teams opened a combined 3:19 from the 3-point range in the first quarter and in which neither side had more than 12 points.
On the track, the Warriors battled control with an 18-2 run that gave them an 89:83 lead, but the Clippers retaliated with a 10-2 boost from two consecutive buckets of Leonard, who followed a patented foul-line jumper with a floater that got it to play 93-91 at 6:03.

And then, in the final minutes, the Clippers kick put the game out of reach: They got three consecutive clutch 3-pointers – one from Patrick Beverley (seven points, three assists) 4:14, then two von Batum (13 points) on consecutive possessions – to build a 106-97 lead by 2:58.

Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double as a clipper, but Kerr’s roster has managed to slow Williams down for what it’s worth: the star sub that Golden State sang so many times finished with three points on 1- for-4 shooting and three assists.

And the Clippers had a solution for Steph Curry, who finished with 13 points, shooting 5 for 17 from the field and 1 for 6 from the depths. The two-time league MVP had 92 goals in their last two games, including his career high of 62 against Portland on Sunday.

« Our philosophy is to eliminate the best player, » said Lue, noting that Eric Paschall and Andrew Wiggins both played well, scoring 19 points each. « Other than that, other guys will have good games. »

It’s the same on weird days when it’s natural to be distracted by stuff bigger than basketball.

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« Just read through updates and read up, » said George when asked about the date that led to the hint. “But I mean, it’s no surprise. There are two different worlds in which we live and that was clear as a day. The respect for colored people is – there is none. It’s just the time we live in. It is very unhappy. We only see people’s colors.

« It just goes to show why voting is so important. At the end of the day, Trump is who we elected and who we put in office, and you see what his beliefs are and what kind of person he is. That’s what matters.

« He gathered his people and his people gathered behind him and just … nothing was done about how they approached their protest, » George continued, noting, like Kawhi Leonard, the different treatment of the mostly white rioters on Wednesday versus those who took them to the streets in the summer to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

« We have tried to protest with peace and, you know, we are looked down and we are this and we are. But we see them protest. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a constant dialogue and constant Conversations that we have to have with all races.  »

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