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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And when you’re on that roll, “when you’re in the moment, you don’t even realize what’s going on,” Williams said.One benefit was obvious as the margin grew and the noise level dipped. Yes, the Clippers used the same dressing room they always use, and yes, they wore home whites – mainly so the Lakers could wear those abysmal pinstriped purple alternate uniforms – but it was the Lakers’ floor, and their tickets to sell … and their fans who went home grumbling.“It’s a momentum changer, a confidence booster, energy, spark,” Thornwell said. “It brings so many different things to the game, especially when you’re away. Now you kill the crowd. You kill the home team’s momentum. Now you’ve kind of got control of the game.”Sometimes this rivalry is strange.“The Lakers, they’ve got the biggest fan base in the league,” Thornwell said after the Clippers won for the 22nd time in their past 25 meetings. “It is what it is. We can’t help that. But we can help what happens between the lines. That’s the only thing we can control.”They did that, certainly. Clippers still without Montrezl Harrell, who is in a 7-day quarantine Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener The Lakers, granted, were without LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee again on Friday night. The injured veterans can only do so much to talk the kids through it.“Lack of focus,” Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball said. “I don’t think they were doing too much to force it. I mean, they were (applying pressure), but we were making some dumb passes, dribbling the ball too high and just making careless turnovers.“Teams are going to go on runs. It happens, but a 22-0 run should never happen.”How does it happen?“It snowballs,” Rivers said. “You get a couple steals, you force a couple turnovers, then (the opponent starts) pressing a little bit and all of a sudden the basket gets smaller.”Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years LOS ANGELES — This image summed up Friday night at Staples Center as well as any: Laker fans quietly, sullenly heading for the exits as the clock wound down, and Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell waving, inviting them to bring the noise they had already forsaken.Such is the weirdness of playing a road game in your home arena, before the opponent’s fans. And such was the effectiveness of the Clippers in the second half, using a 22-0 run to fuel themselves to a 118-107 victory.Yes, twenty-two to nothing.Clippers coach Doc Rivers was looking for a spark, with the Lakers having been the aggressors for most of the first 32 to 34 minutes of the game. He settled on an unusual unit: Patrick Beverley, Harrell and Lou Williams, who are normally part of the second unit, with seldom-used Sindarius Thornwell and Tyrone Wallace. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHow seldom is seldom? Thronwell had played in 19 of the Clippers’ first 34 games and averaged 5.9 minutes when he has gotten in. Wallace had played in 20 games and averaged 9.0 minutes. But they provided some stubborn intensity, which was exactly what their team needed.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“We didn’t have anything; we were flat,” Rivers said. “So we just searched for a lineup. Putting (6-foot-5) Sindarius at four (power forward) … we’ve never done that. With Ty, Sindarius, Pat, Lou and Trez, we basically just put the bulldogs on the floor, and just their defensive fight was amazing. They’re undersized, (but) they rebounded well, they got their hands on the ball, they took them out of their transition game and changed the game for us.”When Thornwell came in, along with Harrell, with 2:35 left in the third quarter, Tyson Chandler was about to make his second free throw to give the Lakers a 77-71 lead. The hosts went ahead 80-73 on a Lance Stephenson 3-pointer with 2:13 left.The next time the Lakers scored, on a Chandler free throw with 9:36 left in the fourth quarter, it was 95-81 Clippers. During that 22-0 run, which spanned just 4:37 of game time, the Clippers made six of eight shots (one of the misses was Avery Bradley’s desperation heave at the end of the third quarter) and 10 of 10 free-throw attempts, and the Lakers were 0 for 5 from the field with six turnovers. In fact, the Lakers extended that drought to 0 for 7 before Josh Hart’s 3-pointer with 8:07 left, a span of more than six minutes between field goals.There seem to have been a rash of these big runs lately, all involving the same three teams. The Clippers survived Wednesday night after giving up 19 straight points to Sacramento in the fourth quarter. The Lakers didn’t survive Thursday night against the Kings, as an 18-4 Sacramento run in the fourth led to a 117-116 loss at the buzzer. Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City last_img read more

first_imgFacebook123Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s first varietal Malbec named True Blue earned a double gold medal and the Best of Class award at the 2019 Women’s International Wine Competition held on June 11 and 12 in Santa Rose, California. There were over 1000 wines entered in this event with only 45 best of class designations.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryThe grapes winemaker Dana Roberts used to create this special vintage were picked at Joe Hattrup’s Sugarloaf Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. True Blue was released in April but was sold out by June. The Roberts family who own the winery have increased the volume of their Malbec harvest in the future. The next vintage of True Blue will be released in May of 2020.In addition to Malbec Hattrup Farms is where the winery also harvests Riesling, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Sirah.The wine features an original watercolor by Darryl Easter of a blue 1967 Ford Fairlane which is the car Blain Roberts moved to Maui in 1974. At the time there was a housing shortage in the islands, so he shipped this car since it was big enough to sleep in. This was one many sacrifices and compromises he made that allowed him to grow his business, Lahaina Divers, into the largest charter scuba diving enterprise in Hawaii. That business’ success allowed him to launch Westport Winery in 2008 with his family.Westport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. To book Westport Winery Seaside Retreat (a three, king suite vacation rental) go to https://abnb.me/wm8iVGkHCT.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily for brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

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