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The rest of the NBA has been warned.
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 107-104 in overtime on Wednesday at the Staples Center in the first game of the season with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Los Angeles was 10-5 and took the step with three wins in a row as its two major manufacturers were set to combine forces and compete for the Western Conference race position.
Leonard and George made the headlines, but Patrick Beverley drilled a three-pointer to extend the lead to five with less than a minute of extra time after Jayson Tatum forced an overtime break. a long shot of himself in the lost seconds of regulation.
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/ https://t.co/O2SE2ifRLfkley19659009etauTatum couldn't hit another tie in three of the final seconds of overtime, and Leonard blocked Kemba Walker's attempt at the buzzer.
While Boston was still impressive 11-3 on the season, it has now lost two of its last three games.
Notable Player Stats
- LAC F Kawhi Leonard: 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks
- LAC F Paul George: 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds
- LAC G Lou Williams: 27 points, two assists and two steals
- LAC G Patrick Beverley: 14 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks
- BOS F Jayson Tatum: 30 points, six rebounds, three assists , two steals and two blocks
- BOS G Kemba Walker: 13 points and nine rebounds
- BOS G Marcus Smart: 15 points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals
 Clippers Hint at What is Near the New Lineup
The biggest story from Wednesday's game, whatever the outcome, was the debut of a Clippers line featuring George and Leonard.
George didn't make his season debut until November 14 while he was recovering from a shoulder surgery, and Leona missed rd in her team's first three games due to a knee injury. Now that they're together, it doesn't get much better in terms of two-way players who can stretch the floor, attack the basket and guard the opponent's greatest threat.
The pair had eight All-NBA selections, nine All-Defensive selections and nine All-Star nods in addition to Leonard's two Defensive Player of the Year honors and two championships. 19659004] Some of the things that will help him win a third are in the show against Boston.
The first two baskets of the game are trio by Leonard and George, emphasizing that defenses of fact cannot be fully created without one worrying about the other. Others take advantage of open space through jump shots and slashes at the rim.
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George also hit Beverley in the corner when the The defense collapsed several times overtime, while capital gained huge space as its own creator. of-18 shooting from three-point range in the first half.
The scariest part for the rest of the league is the fact that there are many growing pains, as evidenced by 23 turnovers – 10 of which came from George and Leonard. Once the pairing gets accustomed to playing with one another, this team will have the talent to beat anyone.
Celtics Prove They Can Compete in the Best of the League
Boston has clearly taken steps since last season's version was struck by the chemistry questions centered around Kyrie Irving.
Tatum and Jaylen Brown both took on significant roles, and Walker seamlessly fit the point guard. The result is a record of avoiding headaches, though guests lost in offensive fashion Wednesday.
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The Celtics and Clippers both throw haymakers but they both have a good return. This game has everything. The clutch is playing. Wild games. A poster dunk. The subtle schematic arrangements in Boston duplicate the Kawhi. And overtime. One of the best games with this kid.
If you have any questions about this team, it has never played with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Clippers, Denver Nuggets or Utah Jazz before this game. While the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks, they did not face any of the Western Conference elites before Wednesday night.
Boston answers the questions by overcoming a slow start to produce a double-digit lead, timely the last charge in Los Angeles as Marcus Smart and Tatum hit key shots and compete in a loaded the Clippers squad until the last shot.
If the Celtics can do it on the road against the Clippers, they can compete against anyone in the Eastern Conference.
It's far from a sure thing that the Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers are fighting for an NBA Finals spot coming May.
Both teams acted again on Friday. The Clippers host the Rockets, while the Celtics are on the Nuggets.