Clippers Blow 18-Point Lead In Final 5 Minutes, WCS With The Game-Winner!
Willie Cauley-Stein thanked the “Basketball Gods” after the Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with a comeback victory against the Clippers on Sunday.
With CP3, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan resting and a comfortable 85-67 lead at the 5:16 mark in the fourth quarter, the Clippers collapsed as the Kings went on a furious run and pulled the game within just one point with 12 seconds left in regulation.
“We saw they started chirping with each other and we were able to see them collapse,” Hield said. “When a team collapses, they’re in distress and and it’s easy when you can catch them slipping. We were able to catch them slipping.”
After a Jamal Crawford miss, the Kings’ Buddy Hield rebounded the ball, made a long pass to a Ben McLemore, who missed a layup, which was rebounded and put back up by Willie Cauley-Stein for the first game-winner of his career.
“I just remember taking off and seeing Ben had dunk, layup, whatever, and then the only thing I’m thinking is if this ball comes off I’ve just got to grab it and put it up,” Cauley-Stein said, “and it just came right into my hands.”
The final rebound was one of Cauley-Stein’s career-high 14 to go with eight points and his game winner that Chris Paul probably never wants to be reminded of.
“It’s a bad loss, probably the worst one in the regular season in my career,” said Paul, who had 17 points and 9 assists. “It’s tough. That was a bad one. That was a bad loss.”