The Warriors, minus four key players, still beat the LA Clippers 133-120

February 2, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Los Angeles- The Warriors beat the Clippers for the ninth straight time Thursday night by a score of 133-120 at the Staples Center. The Dubs were without Draymond Green(shoulder contusion), Zaza Pachulia(strained rotator cuff), Shaun Livingston(back strain), nd David West(fractured thumb). The Warriors JaVale McGeee at center in place of Pachulia and Patrick McCaw started at guard. Klay Thompson moved into Green’s forward position. The Warriors got off to a good start and never trailed in the game. The Warriors moved the ball well and recorded 38 assists on 52 field goals. Steve Kerr used his bench quite a bit, and they came through in a big way. They had 7 players in double figures.

The Warriors, behind Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, JaVale McGee, and Patrick McCaw finished the first quarter leading 33-25. The Warriors continued to play well. The Clippers could not catch the Dubs. Blake Griffin played well and was a force as he kept the Clippers close. However, the Dubs responded to every challenge and finished the half leading by 10 points 65-55. KD Led the Dubs with 17. Steph had 12, Klay 10, McCaw 8, McGee 6, and James Michael McAdoo had 6, too. Griffin had 16, JJ Redick kicked in with 13, Jamal Crawford added 8 and DeAndre Jordan had 9 for LA.

The third quarter belonged to the Warriors. As they have done so many times this year, the Warriors outscored the Clippers 39-32 in the quarter. They led 104-87 heading into the fourth and final period. Curry performed his magic once more. He made a three-pointer and another 3 point play when he made a layup and converted a free-throw after being fouled on the play. He also made two-point shots, too. JaVale McGee, Andre Iguodala, and James Michael McAdoo all made key buckets.  Andre made a big 3-point shot as well as a bucket as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter. The Warriors increased the lead to twenty-one 122-103 late in the quarter. The Clippers rallied as they forced the Dubs to commit three turnovers in a row and came within seven points of tying the game. Durant drained a three, and that was followed by a Thompson 3-pointer that iced the victory. The Clippers were toast. The Dubs win 133-120.

Game Notes and stats- The Clippers last beat the Warriors on Christmas Day, 20014. Since that time the Dubs have won nine straight. The Warriors have won 12 of the last 13 games. The Warriors improve to 43-7 while the Clippers drop to 31-19. The Clippers were without guard Chris Paul. Paul has an injured thumb and will be out for about another six weeks.

The game was televised on TNT and former NBA star, Charles Barkley, now a commentator, not only predicted but “guaranteed” the Clippers would win. Wrong again, Chuck.

Now for the stats. The Dubs took 19 more shots in the game than the Clippers. Golden State made 52 field goals on 99 attempts. The Clippers attempted 80 and made 40. What kept the Clippers in the game was free throws.The Clippers made 30 of 39 free throws. The Dubs had 18 freebies and made 15. The Warriors outrebounded the Clippers 46-37. They had 10 steals and two blocked shots. Steph Curry had a double-double with 29 points and 11 assists. KD also had a double-double. Durant’s line was 26 points,10 assists, and 8 rebounds. Klay Thompson finished with 21. JaVale McGee knocked down 11, and 8 boards and one blocked. Andre Iguodala had 13 points,4 assists, and 4 rebounds. Ian Clark, getting some playing time, added 11 and McAdoo had 10 points and 9 rebounds. The Clippers’ Blake Griffin was a beast on offense. He scored 31 and had 8 rebounds. Austin Rivers had 18, Redick 17 and Jamal Crawford scored 21. Former Warrior, Mo Speights, scored 8 and he had 3 assists and 6 boards.

The Warriors travel to Sacramento to face the Kings Saturday night at the Golden 1 Arena. Game time is at 7:30 pm.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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