Paul George suffers losing debut as Pelicans defeat Clippers


Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers tries to drive past Spencer Hawes #00 of the Charlotte ...
Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers tries to drive past Spencer Hawes #00 of the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on November 7, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. PHOTO/AFP

In Summary

  • Jrue Holiday scored 36 points as the host New Orleans Pelicans spoiled Paul George's Clippers debut with a 132-127 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night.
  • The Pelicans led 72-59 at half-time but the Clippers cut the deficit to four as George scored seven of his team's first 11 points in the third quarter. The score was tied three times before the Clippers took a 97-96 lead after three quarters.
  • Jackson sealed the victory with a three-pointer with 29 seconds left and two late free throws by JJ Redick.

Jrue Holiday scored 36 points as the host New Orleans Pelicans spoiled Paul George’s Clippers debut with a 132-127 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Holiday broke out of a shooting slump to outduel George, who returned from off season surgery on both shoulders to score 33 points in 24 minutes.

Frank Jackson added 23 points, Derrick Favors had 20 points and 20 rebounds, JJ Redick scored 19 and E’Twaun Moore had 15 as the Pelicans won just their third game of the season.

Lou Williams scored 31, Rodney McGruder had 20 and Montrezl Harrell added 18 for LA. Kawhi Leonard, the other marquee off season acquisition that helped make the Clippers championship contenders, did not suit up after playing 41 minutes in a 102-93 loss at Houston the night before.

The Pelicans led 72-59 at half-time but the Clippers cut the deficit to four as George scored seven of his team’s first 11 points in the third quarter. The score was tied three times before the Clippers took a 97-96 lead after three quarters.

There were five more ties before Holiday produced the seventh and final lead change of the fourth quarter by making a three-pointer that put New Orleans ahead 117-115 with 3:27 remaining.

Jackson sealed the victory with a three-pointer with 29 seconds left and two late free throws by JJ Redick.

Other results;

Chicago Bulls 115-124 Milwaukee Bucks

Atlanta Hawks 112-128 Phoenix Suns

Miami Heat 108-97 Cleveland Cavaliers

Brooklyn Nets 93-101 Denver Nuggets

 

Report by Sky Sports

For Citizen TV updates
Join @citizentvke Telegram channel



Video Of The Day: 5 people dead, 32 rescued, 27 unaccounted for in Tassia building collapse

Avatar
Story By Agencies
More by this author