Last night, the Los Angeles Clippers just edged out the Dallas Mavericks 125-121. And that’s significant, as they were riding a four-game losing streak beforehand. And thanks to Danilo Gallinari’s 32-point night on 11-of-16 shooting, the Clippers were able to get the job done.
This season, the former 6th overall pick is averaging a career-high 19.5 points per game. That matches his total from the 2015-16 campaign. He’s also putting up 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field. If that total were to hold, it’d be another career-high. But that’s not all. Gallinari is also shooting 45.3 percent from long range on 5.3 three-point attempts per game. It might be wise to expect some kind of regression, however. After all, that rate is up nearly 13 percent from last season, and a full eight percent better than his career average.
With the win, the Clippers hope to get back on track from there. At 18-13, they’re still just sixth out West but only 3.5 games out of first. Up next, they host the Denver Nuggets Saturday afternoon. After a season in which they went just 42-40, the Clippers look significantly better so far than we all thought they’d be.
Can Gallinari keep the magic rolling?