After a comeback attempt, the Clippers are unable to hold onto their fourth quarter lead in a 105-101 loss to end their season.
Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum started the game aggressively for the Pelicans.
Ingram who started 8-for-9, had 16 of his team’s 30 first quarter points.
The Clippers were also unable to contain Larry Nance Jr’s athleticism, who scored eight early points off the bench in the first half.
He finished the game tonight with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Reggie Jackson, on the other hand,
continued a trend this season of holding down the fort as the number one option of a depleted Clippers team.
In the absence of Paul George, Jackson, at times, was the sole offensive engine for Los Angeles.
Both teams, in the first half, shot poorly from three, with 12.5% and 19% shooting by the Pelicans and the Clippers, respectively.
The Pelicans, however, were able to compensate for that with a stronger paint presence.
Clippers lose final game
Tallying 34 points in the restricted area and 21 defensive rebounds, the New Orleans bigs were simply undeniable.