Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson gets the fans in a frenzy after scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Wed Nov 23, 2022 (AP News photo)
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Golden State Warriors returned home to host the Los Angeles Clippers at the Chase Center Wednesday night. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wanted his team to improve in three facets of the game. He wanted the Warriors to cut down on fouling, stop turning over the ball, and play better defense.
Without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers were hoping their second-best defense in the NBA would find a way to slow down the Warrior offense. The Wariors played better defense and cut down on the number of turnovers but committed 26 fouls, allowing the Clippers to take 27 free throws. The Clippers made 18. The Warriors responded as they moved the ball well and found the open man to propel them to a 124-107 victory.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors offense in the first quarter. Thompson played well. Thompson had 15 points and made two threes. Stephen Curry had seven. The Warriors won the quarter 32-29. In the second quarter, the second unit increased the lead to 50-42. When Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green returned, the Warriors went on an 18-4 run to finish the first half leading 66-47. Wiggins and Thompson each had 15 in the half. Curry had 11. None of the Clipper starters were in double figures.
The Clippers knew they had to outplay the Warriors in the third period if they hoped to get back in the game. They cut the lead to nine, 87-79, but Curry knocked down two three to help the Warriors increase the lead to 16, 98-82, at the end of three periods.
Wiggins hot the hot hand. Wiggins paced the Warriors in the fourth quarter. The big three, Curry, Thompson, and Wiggins, made three-pointers to give the Warriors a commanding 29-point advantage of 119-90.Kerr pulled his starters from the game. The Clippers continued to fight hard, but they could not overcome the Warriors’ lead. Kerr inserted his bench warmers to finish the game’s last four minutes. The Warriors win 124-107.
Game Notes and stats: The Warriors won for the sixth time in their last eight games. Their record is 9-10. The Warriors have won seven straight at home. Los Angeles falls to 11-8.
Wiggins was the offensive force for Golden State with points, four rebounds, and two assists. Wiggins made six threes. Curry had 22 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. Thompson had 18, Green had nine points, seven rebounds, and 12 assists. The Warriors shot 49.5% from the floor. They made 19 threes.
Marcus Morris led LA with 19. Terance Mann had 17, Amir Coffey had 13, Reggie Jackson 11, and John Wall nine. Norman Powell, coming off the bench, knocked down 17. The Clippers shot 44.8% from the floor and made 11 threes.
The Warriors host the Utah Jazz at the Chase Center Friday night. The game will start at 7 pm.