By: Alex Qiu
The Golden State Warriors picked up a big statement win Sunday afternoon over their western conference rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers. With many fans remembering last season’s exciting 7 game first round playoff series that the Clippers won, and the season series tied 1-1, there was a lot of anticipation coming into the game. Los Angeles was shorthanded without Blake Griffin and JJ Reddick, but that did not take much away from the Warriors 106-98 win in which they showcased their depth and defense.
The Warriors held a solid lead for the majority of the game and never let the lead get out of hand. Even though Stephen Curry had a relatively quiet game with 12 points and 3 steals, he still provided one of the play’s of the year, dribbling between four LA defenders before turning around and sinking a fadeaway three, leaving coaches, players, and broadcasters in a state of awe. Shaun Livingston had his best game as a Warrior with 21 points and 8 rebounds, filling in for Curry’s usual production while also playing solid defense on Chris Paul. Draymond Green lead the Warriors with 23 points, 6 assists, and 3 three pointers, once again showing how versatile he is by playing center when the Warriors went small. Klay Thompson had a very efficient game, scoring 21 points on 9-13 shooting.
Chris Paul had 14 points and 11 assists but shot just 7-17 from the field thanks to Thompson and Livingston’s defense. Austin Rivers lead the Clippers off the bench with 22 points. The Warriors moved to 27-2 at home and 49-12 on the year, the NBA’s best record, and just two games shy of matching last year’s win total of 51. The Clippers fall to 40-23, just half a game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks for the number 5 seed. Golden State looks to pick up another win Monday night against a struggling Phoenix Suns squad while Los Angeles will try to bounce back Monday night versus the west’s worst team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Cover Image: By Verse Photography (Flickr: 20131118 ClippersvGrizzles41) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons