In the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario’s inaugural season, there were many memorable moments and plays, from last second, game-winning buckets to rim-rattling dunks. Here, we countdown the top 18 from the franchise’s first season in the G League.
18. First Franchise Points: November 3, 2017: Brice Johnson hit a turnaround jumper to score the very first franchise points for the Agua Caliente Clippers 26 seconds into the season on an assist from C.J. Williams.
17. Upset Alert: December 2, 2017: The Clippers scored 35 points in the first quarter against South Bay, sparking a victory at home and snapping a five-game South Bay winning streak. LaDontae Henton led all scorers with 27 points, including 12 in the first quarter, while Andre Dawkins, J.J. O’Brien and Tyrone Wallace added 20 points apiece.
16. Last of the Season: March 24, 2018: Skylar Spencer scores on a cutting layup through the lane with a minute and 43 seconds to play, marking the last basket the Clippers scored in their inaugural 2017-18 season. Ike Iroegbu assisted the bucket to give the Clippers a 15-point lead.
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15. Down to the Wire: December 28, 2017: The AC Clippers won a close contest against South Bay at home, remaining undefeated against the Lakers on the season. The Clippers trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, but went on a run to pull within three at the half. Vitto Brown added 20 points in the win, and Tyrone Wallace and J.J. O’Brien each went for 11 points in the fourth quarter to give the Clippers the edge they needed.
14. 20th Franchise Win: March 8, 2018: The Clippers used 38 percent shooting from beyond the arc to take down the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the second time during the season and pick up their 20th franchise win. The Raptors led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, but Tyrone Wallace scored seven points in just over a minute to cut into the deficit and eventually take the lead. Ike Iroegbu was solid from the free throw line down the stretch, going 6-for-8 to help get the Clippers to the twenty-win mark for the season.
13. Old Friends: February 27, 2018: All five Clippers starters scored in double-figures to pick up their first win of the season against the Santa Cruz Warriors, former employers of Clippers Head coach Casey Hill and forwards LaDontae Henton and Keith Steffeck. The Clippers led for much of the game, and threes from Dakarai Allen and Henton sealed the deal in the fourth quarter. Henton recorded 24 points, and Allen, Ike Iroegbu, and DeAndre Daniels finished with 17 apiece, a career-high for the latter at the time. Tyler Roberson added 14 points in the win, while Tim Quarterman recorded a game-high nine assists.
12. Good if it Goes: December 23, 2017: Ike Iroegbu beat the buzzer from well beyond the three-point line to put the Clippers within three points heading into the second quarter of play against the Iowa Wolves. Iroegbu finished with 11 points off the bench in the loss.
11. Two Is Better Than One: March 20th, 2018: LaDontae Henton hit two clutch shots late in the shot clock from deep to help the Clippers overtake the Oklahoma City Blue at home. Henton’s first buzzer beater came in the second quarter to position the Clippers to make a run, and the second came at almost the same time in the third quarter to spark a Clippers run.
.@HentonBuckets23 at the buzzer! 🚨
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) March 21, 2018
10. Poster Time: March 22, 2018: Keith Steffeck slammed it home with a fast break dunk during a 16-4 Clippers run against the Raptors 905. C.J. Williams made a diving save to Skylar Spencer, who found Steffeck for the jam. Despite trailing at the half, the Clippers led by double-digits in the third quarter until the Raptors went on a run of their own. ACC took care of the ball down the stretch and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line to knock off the eventual champions of the G League Eastern Conference.
.@KeithSteffeck with one of the day's best dunks!! 😲💪
— AguaCalienteClippers (@ACClippers) March 23, 2018
9. Clutch from the Line: November 10, 2017: LaDontae Henton hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to play to lift the Clippers over the Texas Legends 118-117 at home. The Clippers trailed by as many as ten in the fourth quarter, but went on a 9-2 run with 53 seconds on the clock in the fourth. Henton’s free throws sealed the deal and six of his teammates scored in double-figures, while Marshall Plumlee and J.J. O’Brien each pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
8. A Win for The Kids: January 30, 2018: The Clippers executed in overtime to bring home a win against the Maine Red Claws on “School Day” at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Local schools brought their students out for an 11 a.m. game and the home team did not disappoint. Knotted up at 77 heading into the final quarter, the two teams battled until the final buzzer. In overtime, James Michael McAdoo hit a jumper and J.J. O’Brien connected on a three to put Maine away in the Clippers first overtime win of the season.
7. Lock-down Defense: January 28, 2018: The Clippers held league-leading scorer Antonio Blakeney to just 15 points en-route to beating the Windy City Bulls at home, 103-92. Agua Caliente shot 44 percent from deep as a team and limited Blakeney to just six points in the first half. The two teams swapped leads into the fourth quarter, until Michael Orris hit a jumper to spark a 10-0 Clippers run to help the home team grab the win.
6. Showcase Edition: January 10, 2018: LaDontae Henton went for 31 points and Tyler Roberson added 23 points and 16 rebounds to lift the Clippers over the Greensboro Swarm 98-86 at the G-League Showcase in Mississauga, Canada, snapping a five-game losing streak in the process.
5. Ty to Ty: December 12, 2017: Tyrone Wallace cut back-door and scored on a two-handed dunk to beat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on the road with time expiring, snapping a 13-game Viper winning streak in the process. Down by one with 3.8 seconds left, Wallace inbounded the ball to Tyler Roberson, then got behind his defender to execute the finish for the win.
4. Threes, please: March 20, 2018: C.J. Williams knocked down a career-high nine three pointers to lead the Clippers to a 109-107 victory at home over the Oklahoma City Blue and start what would be a three-game winning streak. Williams connected five times from deep in the fourth quarter alone to lead the Clippers to victory.
3. First Franchise Win: November 4, 2017: The AC Clippers pick up their first win in franchise history, taking down the Northern Arizona Suns on the road, 125-115. Brice Johnson led the Clippers with 25 points and 11 rebounds to record a double-double, which was his second in as many nights. Four other Clippers scored in double-figures in the club’s first win of the season.
2. Outstanding Citizen: April 11, 2018: Forward C.J. Williams was awarded the 2017-18 G League Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award at halftime of the LA Clippers contest against the Lakers, as voted on by fellow Sportsmanship Award nominees. Williams, a staple at community events in Ontario and LA, split time between ACC and LA, averaging 16.5 points per game in Ontario. The award recognizes a player who represents the ideals of character on and off the court.
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1. Come Back Kids: March 24, 2018: The AC Clippers come back from being down 23 points to beat the Iowa Wolves at home, 117-105, and end their inaugural season on a three-game winning streak. The Clippers went on 23-8 run and scored 37 points in the third quarter to take the win, behind a season-high 36 points from C.J. Williams. “I told them that this one was up to them,” coach Casey Hill said. “I said, ‘It’s our last game of the year, you have 24 minutes left in the season. How you end this season is up to you.’ They decided they wanted to win.”
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