Teams have been in that position 360 times this season. The Clippers are the first to lose.
The Los Angeles Clippers led 94-76 with five minutes left in a home game against the Sacramento Kings. Then they lost.
In the final five minutes, the Clippers shot 0-of-9, committed three turnovers, and saw Blake Griffin split a crucial pair of free throws. Sacramento, in that same time period, scored the 18 points necessary for a 98-97 win on Sunday in a stunning Los Angeles collapse.
It’s a disaster, and don’t take my word for it.
Clippers play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler said it would be a “disaster” if his team lost to visiting Kings. Disaster happened. Kings win.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) March 26, 2017
It’s the first time it has happened this season.
Teams Leading by 18+ Points in Final 5 Minutes – This Season
Losses 1 (Clippers)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 26, 2017
One step forward and one step back describes the Clippers perfectly this season, following their big win against Utah with this embarrassing collapse to Sacramento. They did the same thing last week, blowing a game to the Dallas Mavericks after rattling off three straight victories. Los Angeles still knows it’s got time and believes it can right the ship, but it’s not there yet.