The Agua Caliente Clippers have yet to post consecutive results in 2021 G League play so far this season, and that pattern continued Friday, as they bounced back from their last loss to beat the Canton Charge 117-104 in the bubble in Orlando. The win gives them a 3-3 record so far for the season.
Agua Caliente head coach Paul Hewitt started James Palmer, Jr., Donte Grantham, Emanuel Terry, Tyrone Wallace and Sacramento Kings man Jahmi’us Ramsey in the game.
Wallace and Grantham started hot for Agua Caliente, the duo combining for 16 of the first 18 points scored by the team. From there, Ky Bowman, coming off the bench in this game, found his stride and started burying shots, and the Clippers finished the 1st quarter with a 30-25 lead.
While the 2nd quarter was at times very sloppy for the Clippers, they started to pull ahead, fueled by Ramsey finding a rhythm and posting 11 points in the first half. The teams went into the break with Agua Caliente holding a 56-41 lead.
The momentum continued in the 2nd half, as the Clippers extended their lead, going up by more than 20 points, and the game would have been well out of reach before the end of the game if not for Canton’s Antonio Blakeney, who kept his team with hope as he poured it on in the 4th quarter. All told, Blakeney led all scorers with 34 points
But the Clippers held firm and wouldn’t collapse, with Wallace leading the team in scoring with 25 points and Ramsey building a highlight reel with a strip and one-man fast break, finished off with a thunderous dunk.
Jahmi'us Ramsey with the nice steal and then GETS UP for this slam. pic.twitter.com/M9npW881Ur— Brenden Nunes (@BrendenNunesNBA) February 20, 2021
Needless to say, the Clippers were feeling it in this game, as they had six players in double-digits in scoring, shooting 52 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. Emergent games on the night from Ramsey and Jalen Smith helped the Clippers make this a pretty straightforward performance.
Agua Caliente have Saturday off, and then they are back at it bright and early Sunday morning, when they’ll square off against the Lakeland Magic at 8 am PT. You can watch the game on ESPN+.