The LA Clippers improve to 3-0 with both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard in the lineup, as they comfortably defeated the New Orleans Pelicans by 25 points (109-134) at the Staples Center.
The win is the team's fifth straight, sweeping their five-game homestand to improve to an 11-1 home record, the most home wins in the league so far this season.
Here are the biggest takeaways from today's win over the Pelicans:
Harrell shines on off-night for PG & Kawhi
Paul George and Kawhi Leonard did combine for 44 points in the win but it was a rough shooting game (13-39 FG's) for the Clippers' All-NBA duo.
So, Harrell answered the call.
He tied a career-high 34 points and 12 rebounds (1 off career-high) on 13-of-18 (72.2%) shooting from the field. He also recorded two assists, two blocks and a steal while posting a game-high +30 in his 28 minutes.
😤 @MONSTATREZZ ties his career-high 34 PTS to propel the @LAClippers to their 5th W in a row! #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/slSUwJG4up- NBA (@NBA) November 25, 2019
Pelicans fight back but fall short
Despite multiple injuries on their roster, it's been a different season for the Pelicans since their 1-7 start.
After trailing by as many as 25 points in the first half, the Pelicans brought the deficit down to just six (84-78) midway through the third quarter, but they couldn't ride that momentum home.
In the final quarter, they were outscored 34-22 to fall to their second consecutive loss after winning three straight.
After his recent run of form, Brandon Ingram had an off shooting night (9-of-20), but he still finished with team-highs of 24 points and eight rebounds.
Chipping away as BI pulls off the beautiful reverse finish pic.twitter.com/5uwLNAoyei- New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 25, 2019
Tough 'road' ahead for the Clippers
The Clippers have played 12 of their 17 games so far at home and to their credit, they have taken care of business, going 11-1. However, over the next month up to just after Christmas, the Clippers play 12 of their next 16 games on the road, including an Eastern Conference six-game road trip in mid-December.
In their five road games so far, they are 1-4, which could have an asterisk next to it. Of their four road losses, they were shorthanded in all of them - Leonard and George missed a couple each and are yet to play together on the road so far.