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‘Leonard dominates the match’ Clippers lose 9 consecutive losses to Washington

The Clippers showed their back, giving Washington a nightmare of 9 consecutive losses.

The Los Angeles Clippers won 102-93 in the 2022-2023 NBA regular league home game against the Washington Wizards held at the Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena in California on the 18th (Korean time).

The Clippers came out of the crisis of two consecutive losses and rose to 6th place in the Western Conference. Kawhi Leonard (31 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals) recorded the most points in the team, and Luke Kennard (20 points, 4 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) also did his part. The Clippers combined a team victory with five players scoring in double digits.

On the other hand, Washington, 12th in the Eastern Conference, fell into a 9-game losing streak. Kristaps Porzingis (19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals) 메이저놀이터 and Kyle Kuzma (17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists) fought hard, but in the 4th quarter, the attack showed a mess and was defeated.

The Clippers’ start was not smooth. At the beginning of the first quarter, Nicholas Bottom and John Wall made 3-pointers and seemed to start the game smoothly, but after the middle of the first quarter, they showed a struggle for field goal and handed over the initiative. The Clippers, who only scored 3 points, including Leonard’s 4 field goals, ended the first quarter with a score of 20-28.

The Clippers shook even more in the second quarter. While showing poor rebounds, he failed to block Washington’s 3-point shot and was dragged around throughout the second quarter. The Clippers, who were once behind by 13 points, ended the second quarter by chasing 50-57 after Leonard regained his shooting sense after the middle of the second quarter and added Marcus Morris’ three-point shot.

The full-fledged pursuit took place in the third quarter. From the beginning of the 3rd quarter, Leonard showed off his firepower going back and forth from the beginning of the 3rd quarter, turning the game into a starting point at once. Afterwards, when Washington put Kuzma at the forefront, the Clippers counterattacked with an even score distribution. The Clippers, who scored five points, tied Washington’s field goal rate in the third quarter to 22.7% (5/22), but a series of errors came out in pursuit, and the third quarter ended with a score of 72-75.

But it was the Clippers who had the last laugh. The Clippers, who had been quiet in the third quarter, started the fourth quarter with successive mid-range shots, and the Clippers turned the tide of the fourth quarter by adding supporting shots from bench members. The Clippers, who continued to lead a narrow lead, ran away with 6 points in a row and 9 points 2 minutes before the end of the game, with Leonard breaking through and shooting a mid-range shot at the end of the 4th quarter, when they were chased by 3 points. It was the moment when the Clippers virtually seized the win.