Saturday, August 1, 2015

Warriors snap Clippers’ streak

OAKLAND, Calif.—No technical fouls or flagrant fouls. No hard hits or out-of-the ordinary elbows.
Not even a dust-up or any extra chatter after the whistle.

This time, the Golden State Warriors wore down the L.A. Clippers the old-fashioned way.
David Lee had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 boards, as the Warriors whipped the Clippers 111-92 last night in the first game since the emerging Pacific Division rivals’ spirited Christmas meeting.
“If our defence is switched on like it was tonight, we have a chance to be a very good team,” Bogut said.
Stephen Curry scored 22 points and dished out seven assists, and Bogut added 14 points and three blocks, to highlight Golden State’s dominating performance down low.
The Warriors out-rebounded the Clippers 53-34 and outscored them 66-22 in the paint.
“We’ve had some special nights, so it’s not like we are trying to reach for something we are not capable of doing,” noted Warriors’ coach Mark Jackson.
“We are all well aware of it.
“What I liked about tonight was that we set the tone early and battled,” he added.
Blake Griffin finished with 27 points, Darren Collison scored 22, and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds for L.A., which had won four-straight.
But the Clippers looked worn out after beating Washington on Wednesday night in L.A., dropping to 10-4 since all-star point guard Chris Paul has been sidelined with a separated right shoulder.
The Warriors outscored the Clippers 26-11 in the third quarter to go ahead by 23 points. L.A. went just 1-for-15 from the floor in the period.
“I don’t think there was a chance for chippiness tonight,” said Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers.
“If anybody would have got chippy in this game, they would have been suspended for the year.
“Why would you be chippy tonight? You’re down by 30,” he added.
Golden State improved to 2-1 against the Clippers this season, with the home team winning each time.
The Warriors (28-19) also moved within four games of the Clippers (33-16) and percentage points of Phoenix (28-18) in the Pacific Division.

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