Connect with us

Dallas Mavericks

James Harden comes up clutch as Clippers even series with Mavericks

Los Angeles nearly lost after leading by 31.



© Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers looked like they were going to coast to a game four win on Sunday as they led by as many as 31 points against the Dallas Mavericks. However, the Mavericks stormed back and made the game close to set up an exciting finish. Dallas somehow erased the entire deficit and had a lead late in the game, but James Harden came up clutch down the stretch to help the Clippers get a 116-111 win.

James Harden had a couple huge shots in crunch time to help the Clippers regain the lead and he was also rock solid at the charity stripe late. Harden will do whatever the team needs him to do to get wins.

“I’m blessed to be able to change it up and be a facilitator or a scorer,” Harden said, according to an article from ESPN. “My mindset coming to this team was doing whatever it takes to win and get to the end goal. Whether that’s scoring or facilitating, I think it goes possession by possession and game by game.”

Losing a 31-point lead is not good, but the Clippers won the game on the road to even the series, and that’s all that matters. Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue said that his team knew that the Mavericks weren’t going away once they were up by 31.

“We knew they would make a run,” Lue said. “But also, we didn’t think we’d come into this building and be up 31 points either. So I told our team, just get the win, however you’ve got to get it. In the playoffs, it don’t matter how you win.”

Now, the series is all tied at two, and game five will be back at home for the Clippers.

Thank you for reading The Dunk Central. Please follow us on Twitter  for the latest news and insights on your favorite NBA teams and players.  It’s due to your support that we can become one of the market’s fastest-growing NBA outlets!

The Dunk Central staff has over 25 years of collective experience writing and covering the NBA. Featured in Bleacher Report, Yahoo, and Yardbarker, our writers offer expert analysis and captivating storytelling.