ONTARIO, Calif. — The Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (4-4) won their third in a row on Monday night as they handed the Santa Cruz Warriors (8-1) their first loss of the season, 103-84.
Santa Cruz got off to a hot start, taking a quick 11-5 lead with a Darius Morris fadeaway at the 7:13 mark in the first quarter. However, the Clippers would never trail again, as they responded with a 24-10 run to finish the quarter. A fast-break layup by two-way player Johnathan Motley with 0.4 seconds left capped off the run, giving Agua Caliente a 29-21 lead.
Motley, on the day he was named G League Player of the Week, finished with a game-high 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
Fellow two-way player Angel Delgado narrowly missed his third straight 20 rebound game, as he finished with 19 boards. He would also score 15 points, giving him his sixth double-double this season.
The Warriors, who are top-10 in the G League in field-goal percentage, had an uncharacteristically poor shooting night, taking 34 more shots than the Clippers but making two fewer. They would finish the game shooting a season-low 31.7 from the field. Only Wisconsin has shot a lower percentage in a game this season. Kendrick Nunn would lead the Warriors off the bench with 24 points on 10-of-29 shooting from the field.
The game was heavily officiated, as a combined 54 personal fouls were called. Three players were also called for technical fouls, including two in a row against the Warriors’ Darius Morris, who was disqualified in the closing seconds of the game.