Norman Powell helps Clippers rally past Steph Curry, Warriors – Daily News

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer

SAN FRANCISCO — The Clippers’ final game before the All-Star break served as a reminder of their roster depth.

Norman Powell made four 3-pointers over the final 7:03 to score 21 points and outduel Stephen Curry down the stretch, and the Clippers rallied from 14 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Golden State Warriors, 130-125, on Wednesday night.

James Harden had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Paul George scored 24 points before fouling out on a night when the Clippers were missing leading scorer Kawhi Leonard because of a left leg injury. His status for this weekend’s All-Star Game in Indianapolis was uncertain, though Coach Tyronn Lue didn’t sound overly concerned about the injury.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Lue said of the 32-year-old Leonard, who is averaging 24.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. “He played through it last game. He was experiencing some soreness in the hip, so when the game got out of reach we didn’t put him back in the fourth quarter to be smart about it.”

Curry scored 41 points and became the first player in NBA history to make seven or more 3-pointers in four straight games, shooting 9 for 19 from deep and 15 for 31 overall. He notched his sixth 40-point performance of the season and has scored 30 or more in three of his last four games.

George scored five straight points to spark a 10-0 run midway through the fourth as the Clippers came back, then Powell’s 3-pointer with 7:03 remaining pulled the Clippers within 106-104. Powell made another 3-pointer that put the Clippers ahead with 5:36 left and hit again from deep with 3:22 to go for the lead.

Things got heated early in the fourth when Clippers center Mason Plumlee put a hard foul on Brandin Podziemski after the rookie secured a defensive rebound with 9:36 left. Golden State’s Jonathan Kuminga shoved Plumlee as others held back Draymond Green, who already has served a pair of suspensions this season.

Lue was then ejected for a second technical foul, Kuminga received a technical and Plumlee a flagrant foul.

Green went down hard in the key beneath the Warriors’ basket with 8:56 left in the third quarter and went to the locker room. He was examined for a concussion and cleared to return.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was denied his 500th regular-season win as he and some of his assistant coaches rejoined the team on the bench after traveling to Serbia for the funeral Dejan Milojevic and missing Monday’s win at Utah.

Podziemski made his initial four shots with a pair of 3-pointers to help the Warriors take a 59-52 halftime lead and finished with a career-best 25 points to go with seven rebounds and eight assists before he takes part in the Rising Stars Game at All-Star weekend.

The Warriors had their five-game winning streak snapped with just their second loss in their last nine games.

The Clippers had dropped six straight and 20 of their past 24 on the Warriors’ home court.

Golden State got some good news that veteran guard Chris Paul can ramp up his on-court work after the All-Star break and participate in some portions of practice as he recovers from a broken left hand that required surgery on Jan. 8. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in another 10 days.


The Clippers play at Oklahoma City on Feb. 22.


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