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Paul George, Clippers stage late rally, beat Pistons in OT

By DAVE HOGG The Associated Press

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

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

Ivica Zubac added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who have beaten Detroit eight straight times. The Clippers had seven players score in double figures.

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 (20-15) led by five at the half and expanded the margin to 88-73 midway through the third quarter. However, the league-worst Pistons (8-28) 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 Clippers coach Tyronn Lue to call a timeout.

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Stewart’s three-point play with 3:34 left capped a 54-24 stretch that started with 6:48 left in the third quarter. From there, the Pistons shot 1 for 12 with five turnovers and two missed free throws.

TIP-INS

Clippers: The Clippers haven’t lost to the Pistons since Jan. 12, 2019, when they dropped a 109-104 decision at Detroit. … Kennard scored 18 points, and Marcus Morris, John Wall and Norman Powell each had 16.

Pistons: Detroit came into the game averaging a league-high 46.7 bench points in December. … The Pistons had eight players in double figures for the first time since Nov. 22 against the New York Knicks. … Jalen Duren had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

UP NEXT

The Clippers play at the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. PT.

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