I’m going to be honest- I was a little nervous for the Los Angeles Clippers coming into last night’s rematch against the Golden State Warriors. Last Wednesday, the Clippers shot only 36.3% from the field, 27.6% from the 3-point line in particular. They were also completely out-hustled on the boards, as the Warriors out-rebounded them 53-38.
But not last night. The Clippers never allowed the Warriors a chance in their 115-89 victory. I mean c’mon, the only starter to play more than 30 minutes was Willie Green.
On offense, the Clippers were able to reestablish their game down low, outscoring the Warriors 56-28 in the paint. Chris Paul was also hot, going 5 for 6 from the 3-point line. On defense, the Clippers forced 16 Warrior turnovers that resulted in 23 points and out-rebounded the Warriors 41-30.
For the Clippers, Paul led with 27 points and 9 assists. Blake Griffin followed with 20 points, and Eric Bledsoe put up 17 points.
For the Warriors, Klay Thompson led the team with 14 points, and Harrison Barnes followed with 11 points. Both David Lee and Stephen Curry were held to 10 points.
Last night’s victory sets a new franchise record of 12-straight wins at home. It’s amazing how much better the Clippers play at home. Hopefully that fact doesn’t come back to haunt them in April if they do have to play the majority of their playoff games on the road.
After back-to-back games, the Clippers get a break before taking on the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.