Warriors earn 9th straight victory over Clippers thanks to superb offense.
By Cole Reece |January 2nd
Golden State set the tone coming up with 3 steals in the first 2 minutes. Patrick McCaw got the start in place of Draymond Green and he made his presence felt. McCaw hit back to back three-pointers and looked excited. Blake Griffin was a force in the opening quarter with 10 points. He took full advantage of the extra room without Greens suffocating defense. Kevin Durant was ferocious with 8 points in the 1st quarter. Warriors were up (33-22) at the conclusion of the 1st. LA clawed their way back into the game with a 14-4 run early in the 2nd. KD had other plans as he overpowered the Clippers defense. They had no answer for the size, skill, and speed of Durant. Golden State quickly pushed their lead back up to 10 points. Jamal Crawford and JJ Redick kept the Clippers close with some clutch three-pointers. The Warriors have a few sharpshooters of their own who were equal to the task. Golden State headed into halftime with a (65-55) lead. Blake Griffin was terrific with 16 points. KD was impressive in his own right with 17 points of his own. Klay Thompson joined the party after sitting with foul troubles earlier in the game. Curry kept the fun going with some stellar finishes at the rim. He made it look easy as usual despite having an off night from distance. The Dubs held a (104-87) lead over the Clippers. In the final frame, the Clippers made it interesting late with a 14-2 run. The Dubs did not panic and sunk three-pointers to secure a 133-120 win. The Warriors finished the night with 38 assists and just 11 turnovers. Despite missing 2 of their starters the Dubs outgunned the Clippers. Golden State travels to Sacramento Saturday to take on the Kings at 7:30 PM.
Stars of the night
Warriors: Durant 26 points 10 rebounds and 8 assists, Curry 29 points 11 assists and 3 rebounds
Clippers: Griffin 31 points on 10 of 19 shooting