The Los Angeles Clippers delivered a good performance in Game 7 versus the Dallas Mavericks to make the Western Conference Semifinals. The Clippers, who lost their first three home games but also won three road games to force a Game 7, beat the Mavericks 126-111 on Sunday.
Last season, the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals versus the Denver Nuggets. "Last year was last year," said Clippers coach Ty Lue, who is just the second head coach ever to be undefeated in his first four Game 7's, behind Red Auerbach.
"We talked about it when the season started, that's over and we've got to look going forward. "We can't keep looking behind and what happened in the bubble. That s---'s over." The Clippers were down 2-0 in the series and 30-11 in Game 3 before they created a big comeback.
"I mean, Game 3 when we were down 30-11, I think we were one or two plays away from almost getting swept," said veteran forward Nicolas Batum. "And we find something in us like resiliency and some toughness, like, OK, we can't go down like that, we are a good team.
We are a good team and we have to show it and we came back. "After Game 3, we said, 'OK, they can't beat us twice after that.' And we did it. We did a good job."
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers
Leonard posted a team*high 28 points, had 10rebounds and nine assists in Game 7.
"I think it all started with Kawhi," Jackson said. "Kawhi came in with a mentality that he was going to take this game today. He was going to come in and lead and wasn't going to be shy about his play at all.
He really got it going early and once he got it going early, guys had to load up and defenses had to change their coverages." Meanwhile, Clippers star gzard George posted 22 points and had 10 rebounds. "They pushed us," George said.
"They got us war-ready. Great team we played. Unbelievable superstar in Luka. They pushed us, they challenged us, but we stuck in there, hung in there and played for one another. "This team forced us to play on a nightly basis, a full 48-minute game," George added.
"Last year ... let's not even get into last year. We are onto a whole other season. We just hung in there, we stuck together, we battled it out and we knew what it took to win tonight."