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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (AP) - Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and had eight overall for 28 points for the Los Angeles Clippers, who rode a team-record barrage of long-range shots to beat the faltering New Orleans Pelicans 126-103 Saturday.

The Clippers broke the franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers. George made 8 of 11. The Clippers also tied the team record for 3-pointers made in a half and fell one short of the NBA record by hitting 16 of 24 in racing to a 77-45 halftime lead.

Los Angeles made its first six 3-pointers to take a 20-6 lead. Patrick Beverley scored from behind the arc for L.A.´s first points and then George connected on three straight possessions for a 12-2 lead just 2:11 in.

Leonard and Beverly kept the barrage going for six straight 3s before Leonard had the Clippers´ first miss. The Clippers made 9 of 13 3s in the first quarter for a 37-25 lead.

Leonard had 24 points for the Clippers, who bounced back from a 103-101 loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

The Pelicans had a minor scare midway through the first half when rookie Zion Williamson stepped on Reggie Jackson´s foot and appeared to slightly roll his right ankle while driving to the basket, ending up on his backside under the basket. He got up with a slight limp and was subbed out.

With the Clippers well on their way to a blowout win, it was an opportunity for the Pelicans to get Williamson out of the game. They´re monitoring his playing time because he missed nearly two weeks of practice after leaving the team for a family medical matter on July 16. He played only 15 minutes in a loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday night when the NBA resumed after the coronavirus shutdown.

Williamson returned for the start of the second half.

New Orleans´ playoff chances continued to shrink. They came into the day tied for 11th in the Western Conference. They have lost both of their games since the restart.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 15 and Brandon Ingram 14 for New Orleans.

The Clippers have already clinched a playoff spot in their first season with Leonard and George playing together. They are second in the West behind the Los Angeles Lakers.

Pelicans: The Pelicans had 12 turnovers in the first half while the Clippers had only two. ... After a 6-22 start, the Pelicans have gone 22-16 in their last 38 games, but it might not be enough to get them into the playoffs.

Clippers: It was Doc Rivers´ 939th career victory, which moves him past Red Auerbach for sole possession of 11th on the NBA´s career list. ... The Clippers led 103-63 late in the third quarter when George and Leonard were taken out.