Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - There were no incidents leading to ejections
in Thursday's Warriors-Clippers showdown, but there was a virtual beatdown.
David Lee and Stephen Curry poured in 22 points apiece on a combined 18-of-25
shooting display as Golden State pummeled Los Angeles 111-92 with relative
Lee also grabbed 11 rebounds and Curry handed out seven assists for the
Warriors, who snapped out of a 2-5 slump by outscoring the Clippers in the
paint by an absurd 66-22 margin.
Klay Thompson contributed 16 points to the wire-to-wire win, and Andrew Bogut
added 14 with 17 rebounds.
Blake Griffin, who was ejected when these teams met on Christmas Day following
an altercation with Bogut, paced the Pacific Division-leading Clippers with 27
points. Darren Collison followed with 22 points, while DeAndre Jordan pulled
down 20 rebounds in the setback.
Los Angeles' night was summed up by its 1-for-15 showing from the field in an
11-point third quarter. The Clippers had won four in a row coming in but found
little offensive success after the break.
One of their few runs came late in the second quarter to pull within 64-56 at
halftime after trailing by as many as 19 in the first half.
From there, however, it was all Warriors, who stretched their lead to 22 by
opening the third quarter on a 16-2 run, with six points coming from Lee.
J.J. Redick's 3-pointers briefly stopped the flurry with 5:37 on the clock,
but that proved to be the Clippers' only field goal the entire quarter.
The Warriors brought a 90-67 cushion into the fourth, and the closest the
Clippers got from there was 13.
Golden State leads the season series 2-1 but still trails the Clippers by four
games for the division lead ... The Warriors are 21-3 when holding the
opposition to below 100 points ... Griffin has scored 20 or more points in
each of his last seven games ... Injured Clippers guard Chris Paul was named a
Western Conference All-Star reserve on Thursday. Los Angeles is 10-4 since
Paul suffered a shoulder injury earlier this month ... The Clippers have lost
five straight and 15 of 17 games in Oakland.
The Sports Network