With an intense final score of 110-111, finally, Los Angeles Clippers secured a one-point victory against city rival the Los Angeles Lakers with firing energy from Reggie Jackson who did the buzzer-beater at the end of the fourth quarter.
The Lakers (25-27) played against the Clippers (27-27) at Crypto.com Arena on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 10:00 PM EST. With fierce player from Lakers, Malik Monk, in the final seconds of the fourth quarter successfully turned the table with 108-106 from a three-point shooter.
Frank Vogel’s side played the night without Lebron James who had hurt his knees. Although everyone still waits for the return of ‘the King’, the Clippers played well tonight.
“Reggie Jackson drives and spins FOR THE @LAClippers WIN!” NBA tweeted.
"For eight games in fourteen day, I thought our guys battled and competed every single night."
-Coach Ty Lue on the long road trip stretch. pic.twitter.com/BhbEBSlvbs
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) February 2, 2022
Riveting moments, Q4
Back in May 2021, the Lakers faced a brutal defeat of 94-118 against the Clippers. In February 2022, the two teams meet again and were one of the most intense games in the season with a score difference of only one. “Avery Bradley revenge games?” said Andrew Greif, one of Twitter’s basketball enthusiasts.
At the end of the third quarter, Lakers vs Clippers have 80-94. It started to look awful for the Lakers with 14 points behind. Clippers found themselves in a beneficial position. The Lakers were visibly struggling without Lebron. However, in a courageous attempt by star forward Anthony Davis, the Lakers managed to close the gap to 10 points. At this point, Westbrook had not done much.
With four minutes left of Q4, Lakers’s Russel Westbrook took the lead for Lakers with a two-point shot. “Russ knocks down the jumper to take the lead for the @Lakers!” NBA Twitter post.
Not long after that, the Lakers added another three-point shot from Monk which was a riveting moment that allowed the Lakers to possibly win tonight’s show, “Malik Monk gives the @Lakers a 2 point lead late!”. Westbrook and Monk both scored one of the most crucial scoring buckets for the Lakers. At this time, the Clippers had not been able to score anything.
Anthony Davis last 3 games:
Still elite. pic.twitter.com/6O4ErvRiSw
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 3, 2022
Both teams had four points different from an unfortunate ten-point difference at the beginning of Q4. With less than two minutes remaining, it had become a four-point game. Despite Lakers’ attempts from Westbrook, Monk, and Talen Horton-Tucker or THT who led the team to a possible comeback, the Clippers won’t give up their lead.
In the last seconds, Anthony Davis went from zero to hero when he made the dunk that gave the lead to the Lakers in the last 30 seconds. The crowd went wild from a video from NBA on Twitter. At this moment, there were still 12 seconds to go.
Davis attempted another shot in the last two seconds but missed it. In the final moments, Jackson was the one who made the clutch against the Lakers. He made the winning bucket with a fantastic spin inside the paint