Paul leads Clippers past Miracle in OT, 107-102

Using the anticipation heaped round the La Clippers following their offseason transformation, they hadn’t been faced having a significant dose of adversity through the beginning of the year.

That will change.

The Clippers changed a 15-point first-half deficit but got 29 points and eight assists from Chris Paul to beat the Orlando Miracle 107-102 in overtime Monday evening. Nonetheless they may have lost one of the veteran cogs for your expected future after guard Chauncey Billups left inside the fourth quarter getting a potential left Achilles injuries.

“It’s bittersweet,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro mentioned. “We’ll need to visit what continues. Everybody walked up, but it's been that kind of season with Chauncey’s situation, we’ve certainly constantly everybody playing well.

“I’m sick relating to this. I’m sick for him, I’m sick for people, but mostly for him and the way much he method to us. Hopefully, we’ll find what's promising tomorrow.”

Billups was getting a massive evening, scoring 11 of his 18 points in fourth quarter because he switched to function in the courtroom and guaranteed lower with 5:48 left in the sport. He was ornamented by trainers and teammates, but needed assistance on sides making it in the court.

Griffin also added 18 points and 10 rebounds for your Clippers, who've won six from the last seven and clicked on a nine-game losing streak for the Miracle.

Paul mentioned he likes how a team walked up in Billups’ absence, and thinks the Clippers continues doing if Billups can get not so great after further evaluation Tuesday.

“We’ve got males that are fight examined,” Paul mentioned. “This shows simply how much grit and fight we have. We understand once we stick together in the tough atmosphere similar to this, we are able to handle winning games similar to this.”

Dwight Howard had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and Jason Richardson 20 points for your Miracle.

Orlando’s loss ended a 3-game win streak. It came as point guard Jameer Nelson returned for the selection combined with 15 points and 12 assists after missing five consecutive games with concussion signs and signs and symptoms.

Nelson didn’t show any noticeable effects from his layoff, dishing to Howard with an easy dunk round the Magic’s first getting the evening.

More youthful crowd didn’t shy from contact, throwing his body before Griffin at the beginning of the second quarter while he attempted to trap a lob from Paul around the fast break.

“Our males carried out hard.” Miracle coach Stan Van Gundy mentioned. “The only factor I fault our males for was the start of the next quarter. The initial six minutes, we incorporated no energy whatsoever. The comfort, it’s on me.”

The Miracle were outscored 23-15, before responding getting a 32-point fourth quarter to deliver it for the extra frame.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Nelson and J.J. Redick put the Miracle up 100-96 with 2:49 dwelling in overtime.

Caron Butler used a 3 that belongs to them a few possessions later to nudge the Clippers back ahead 101-100 then Paul sailed a jumper inside the outstretched hands of Howard making it 103-100.

Jason Richardson try to some basket getting a dunk alternatively finish, nevertheless the Miracle couldn’t grab a missed jumper by Paul.

Mo Williams made some free throws with 12.6 seconds left, but left the Miracle an chance to tie. Richardson’s 3-pointer within the wing rattled and shook and shook out and Paul could close the sport in the road.

“It’s part of basketball. I am not really lower on myself-it’s a part of basketball,” Richardson mentioned of his final shot attempt. “Like I mentioned, often it will get into, often it don’t. I’ll proceed and take blame. … I really like pressure. But I only say for you what, I don’t miss diet system people.”

The Clippers introduced up to nine inside the fourth quarter before Billups went lower.

Nelson would score six straight Miracle points, then Ryan Anderson’s 3-pointer to tie it at 89 with 2:45 left.

A driving layup by Paul put the Clippers in-front 93-91 before Richardson completed a 3-point play to put the Miracle support a location.

A turnover with the Clippers gave the Miracle the ball back, but Richardson wound up being removed near midcourt by Butler. The ball went ahead to Paul round the fast break and lastly ended up within reach of Griffin, who was simply fouled striking a few within the line.

The Miracle milked time for just about any final shot, but Nelson missed a disappear jumper. The Clippers rebounded and wound up with five-tenths from the second, but carrying out a timeout, Williams’ 18-ft jumper within the horn missed in the front in the rim.

Griffin mentioned remaining from early game occurrences will probably be of even importance if Billups is going for your expected future.

“We haven’t had that kind of response on the road much,” he mentioned. “We get lower early then fight our sometime ago multiple occasions so that’s an excellent sign, but we must not get lower to start with.”