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NBA: Clippers rally to down Pistons in OT

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Paul George scored 32 points and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 14-point deficit in the final 3:34 of regulation to beat the Detroit Pistons 142-131 in overtime on Monday (Dec. 26) night.

Terance Mann hit a tying jumper with 5 seconds left in regulation to cap a closing 16-2 run for the Clippers, who trailed 126-112 with 3:34 remaining. Los Angeles then outscored Detroit 14-3 in the extra period.

Ivica Zubac added 12 points and 15 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has beaten Detroit eight straight times. The Clippers had seven players score in double figures.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George passes the ball against Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George passes the ball against Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Bojan Bogdanovic led Detroit with 23 points, including the Pistons’ only field goal of the last eight minutes. Isaiah Stewart added 21 points for NBA-worst Detroit.

George scored five points in the first minute of overtime, and baskets by Luke Kennard and Mann gave the Clippers a 138-131 lead with 2:45 left.

The Clippers led by five at the half and expanded the margin to 88-73 midway through the third quarter. However, the Pistons answered with a 21-5 run, taking a 92-91 lead on Stewart’s dunk.

Stewart’s 3-pointer made it 119-112 with 5:23 left. After a Clippers miss, Bogdanovic’s short jumper put the Pistons up by nine and forced LA coach Tyronn Lue to call timeout.

Stewart’s three-point play with 3:34 left capped off a 54-24 stretch that started with 6:48 left in the third quarter. From there, the Pistons shot 1 of 12.

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