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Clippings: What is the Clippers’ best win of the season?

There are a ton to choose from.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Detroit Pistons Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers take on the Phoenix Suns tonight in what could a pivotal game. First and foremost, a win would clinch a playoff berth for this franchise for the ninth time in 10 seasons. There are also massive seeding implications, as the Clippers could move to within one loss of the No. 2 seed with a victory to potentially earn home court in the second round of the playoffs.

Suffice to say, this could be one of the team’s biggest wins of the season. Which begs the question: with only nine games to play, what is L.A.’s best win of the year?

There are a myriad of choices, depending on your personal preference. There are wins against contenders, like on opening night when they spoiled the Lakers’ ring night with a convincing defeat of the defending champs. The Clippers have also beaten Phoenix twice, including a recent win that further added to the legend of national TV Rondo. And who can forget their win over a full-strength Utah team in February.

My personal favorite in the contender variety came against Milwaukee when they obliterated the Bucks despite losing Paul George to a late scratch.

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers certainly made a statement against the Bucks in their second meeting.
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Many fans have grown fond of the shorthanded victories, when the Canoes (h/t Joseph Raya-Ward of the Clipset Podcast) rather than the Clippers suit up. L.A. beat Miami twice, both times without Kawhi Leonard, George, and Patrick Beverley. The team took down the Pistons in Detroit without all five starters available and then upped the ante against Memphis by winning despite missing SIX rotation players. Yogi Ferrell signed his contract, took the court, and brought the Clippers home.

Then there’s a victory that seems to hold a special place in Nic Batum’s heart, when the Clippers looked lifeless and then came back from 22 points down in the third quarter against Atlanta. The team was relatively whole, yet relied on their reserves to turn the momentum of the game. Luke Kennard called Batum — who had been supplanted in the starting lineup a week earlier — the leader during that stretch. Batum would later say, “Down 22 changed everything. I mean, something was born that night.”

Ideally, there will be many more chances for the Clippers to reel off memorable games before the end of this season, but a team this good deserves to be celebrated in the moment. What’s your favorite win of the year so far? Let us know in the comments.

Poll

What’s your favorite win of the season so far?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Opening night vs. Lakers
    (12 votes)
  • 4%
    Either of the two shorthanded Miami wins
    (4 votes)
  • 9%
    Getting healthy and beating Utah
    (9 votes)
  • 49%
    The comeback against Atlanta
    (47 votes)
  • 12%
    Reggie’s game-winner in Detroit
    (12 votes)
  • 11%
    Too many to pick from!
    (11 votes)
95 votes total Vote Now

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