The Golden State Warriors have been giving the Los Angeles Clippers trouble all season, becoming the only team to have beaten the Clippers more than once. With today’s 106-99 victory, the Warriors improve to 3 of 4 against their Western Conference rivals.
Although the Clippers took an early lead, the Warriors were not about to have a repeat of their last meeting with the Clippers earlier this month. The game stayed close throughout- so close, in fact, that there were 15 lead changes overall. Most notably for the Clippers, Chris Paul’s bruised knee seemed to have gotten the best of him. Although Paul is always good for bringing a sense of calm and control to the Clippers, he wasn’t his usual explosive self. The MVP only put up 4 points, but was still able to spread the love with 9 assists.
But the fourth quarter belonged to the Warriors. The Clippers were outscored 33-19, thanks largely to Stephen Curry. Curry hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter, leading the rally that allowed the Warriors to come back from 7 points behind.
And there were some saucy words from Jamal Crawford regarding Curry’s celebrations during the game. After making a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, Curry galloped down the court while pumping his fist. Later, he did a little dance after making another 3-pointer. After the game, Crawford said, “That’s a young team that’s improving, for sure, but we have our sights set on trying to play in June. I’m not saying they don’t. But we’re looking at bigger goals than celebrating everything.” Snap.
For the Clippers, Blake Griffin led the team with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Jamal Crawford and Caron Butler followed with 24 points and 19 points, respectively.
For the Warriors, Curry led the team with 28 points. Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack each contributed 18 points, with Jack dishing out 10 assists.
The Clippers have a quick turnaround from this loss, taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow night in the Staples Center. Tomorrow’s game will bring the Clippers one game closer to establishing themselves as the best team in the NBA.