Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Holiday, Pelicans spoil George's Clippers debut

Holiday, Pelicans spoil George's Clippers debut

"I thought I was awful", said George, according to Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times.

As with most players returning from injury, the prevailing concern was whether or not George would be equipped to handle the rigours of being thrown back into game action as it had been almost seven months since he last took the floor. The play capped off a night in which Holiday scored 12 in the final 4:20, including a pair of pivotal 3s.

George's return will come as Kawhi Leonard sits out his 3rd recreation this year to relaxation his sore knee right after participating in in the Clippers decline at Houston on Wednesday evening.

"Terrible" even though he poured in 33 points, nine rebounds and four assists in just 24 minutes while shooting 10-of-17 from the floor, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and a ideal 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Rookie Kendrick Nunn had 23 points and eight assists as Miami enjoyed a fast start and then held on to defeat host Cleveland. But the Clippers left Jackson unguarded on the perimeter on the other end, and he took his time squaring up and connecting on his fourth 3 of the game to restore New Orleans' six-point lead with 30 seconds left.

NEW YORK (AP) - Marcus Morris made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds remaining to delight a Madison Square Garden crowd that booed Kristaps Porzingis all night, and New York beat Dallas. George played 77 games last season and averaged a career-best 28 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

Williams scored 31 points and Rodney McGruder 20 for the Clippers, who've dropped two straight.

But this was actually a very positive sign for George and the Clippers moving forward.

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Pelicans: E'Twaun Moore scored 15 in his first start of the season as the Pelicans used their eighth starting lineup in their first 11 games.

Before the game, New Orleans ruled out forward Brandon Ingram (knee) and center Jahlil Okafor (ankle); both had been listed as questionable.

The Pelicans trailed 43-36 early in the second quarter when they put together the game's first big run. Holiday's driving dunk and finger roll pushed his two-quarter point total to 24, and the Pelicans led 72-59 at halftime.

To be fair, George may have been in a somber mood because Los Angeles lost the game, and the fact that it came against a clearly inferior team in New Orleans certainly didn't help matters.

George opened the second half with a driving layup, pull-up jumper and a 3 as part of an 11-2 run to make it 74-70.

L.A. got within 1 point three times before a 3-point play by Williams gave them an 88-86 lead.

Closely trailing the favourites on those National Basketball Association odds, the Milwaukee Bucks lead all Eastern Conference teams at +600, just ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers at +700, while the Houston Rockets round out the front of the pack at +800.

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