Warriors take the Clippers' Lunch Money, Dominate in 141-113 Win
After losing a disappointing game to the Pistons last night, the Warriors looked to bounce back against the Clippers. For the last three seasons, the Clippers have served as a punching bag for Golden State, and after getting embarrassed by committing 26 turnovers last night, the Warriors knew they needed to play with a focus that had been lacking earlier in the year.
The first quarter saw the Warriors play much closer attention to detail than in the opening quarter of their most recent games. They only turned the ball over 3 times, and allowed them to score off the turnovers only one time. The Warriors leading scorer was Kevin Durant with 10 points, and Steph was close behind with 9 at the end of the first quarter. The only issues that arose in the opening quarter were some quick fouls that made Klay Thompson, and KD visibly frustrated. The Warriors shot 60% in the quarter, a whole 16% better than the Clippers at 44%. Golden State led after the quarter 34-28.
The second quarter was highlighted by terrific play from Draymond Green and Jordan Bell. Draymond scored 13 points, grabbed 6 boards, and dished out 4 assists, all while playing terrific defense in the paint. Jordan Bell only had four points, but he played most of his time with Draymond, and there is very clear chemistry between the two, and they feed off of each other perfectly. As a team, the Warriors are looking extremely sharp with the ball, and have responded to our concerns about their turnovers by only doing it four times in the first half. Their three point defense has continued to be rough though, as the Clippers made 6 in the half on 46.2% shooting. The Warriors are shooting 60% from the field though, which, when combined with very little turnovers, is a recipe for a big win. The leading scorers in the first half were Stephen Curry with 16, KD with 14, Draymond with 13, and Klay with 11 points. The Warriors led at the half, 74-57.
The third quarter saw the Warriors pull even further away from the Clippers. Stephen Curry got extremely hot, and finished the quarter with 31 points, and also dished out dime after dime to open players in the paint. KD continued to be as efficient as ever, and by the time the third quarter ended, he had 19 points on 7-10 shooting. The Warriors also found a way to get JaVale McGee back involved in the offense, tossing him lob after lob, as he ended the third with 10 points. The Warriors did turn the ball over 6 times in the quarter, but it was a non-factor, as they ended the quarter with a 21-point lead after a buzzer-beating three from Steph. The Warriors led the Clippers 107-86 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter was just the Warriors running out the clock getting their bench guys some minutes. They continued to score on the Clippers, looking determined to humiliate a team after losing to the Pistons. Their bench continued to score, and had a couple cool plays, like a three from David West, and a monster slam from Jordan Bell. Every player on the active roster scored in the game, which is another neat stat to throw out there. The Warriors beat the Clippers easily, 141-113.
My only real takeaway from this game was that when the Warriors focus, and don’t play like they are bored, they can beat anyone in this league handedly. The Clippers were 4-1 coming into this game, and they were playing really well on both ends of the floor, but the Warriors were determined to continue to beat them everytime they play them.
Some notable stats from the game included Stephen Curry scoring 31 points in only three quarters. Draymond Green had an incredible game, scoring 19 points while grabbing 9 rebounds, and also dishing out 6 assists. The most notable stat though was that the Warriors only turned the ball over 12 times, which is a massive improvement from the 26 they committed against the Pistons. The Warriors shot a combined 58.4% from the field against the Clippers tonight.
The Warriors play their next game on Thursday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m. against the San Antonio Spurs.