Curry, Warriors holdoff Clippers in preseason action

By Joe Hawkes-Beamon

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry scored a game-high 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field leading a Golden State Warriors squad that finished with seven players in double figures to victory 125-107 over the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. It was Golden State’s second victory in two weeks over their foes from Southern California.

Golden State (5-2), shot a blistering 59% from the field (48-of-78s), but committed a staggering 28 turnovers. Curry committed a team-high six turnovers while playing 31 minutes.

David Lee and Justin Holiday each finished with 12 points. Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli scored 10 points a piece. Ezeli (who turned 25 years old on Tuesday), played for the first time in 17 months after recovering from a serious knee injury.

The Warriors played without Brandon Rush (lower back spasms) and Shaun Livingston (right toe surgery). Both are expected to miss the team’s season opener on Oct. 29 at Sacramento.

Andre Iguodala scored 11 points,  center Ognjen Kuzmic (starting in place of Andrew Bogut), finished with eight points and a team-leading 10 rebounds. Golden State held the rebounding edge over Los Angeles, 46-31.

Jared Cunningham led the Clippers with 23 points, and J.J. Reddick scored 16 of his 21 points in the second quarter. Center DeAndre Jordan had a couple of highlight dunks on the night to go along with his 13 points and nine rebounds.

Golden State outscored Los Angeles 46-36 in the paint.

Los Angeles (1-5) played without superstar point guard Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin, who didn’t make the trip to the Bay Area. Newcomers Jordan Farmar (lower back tightness) and Glen Davis (strained right groin), remained in Los Angeles as well.

Golden State finishes up the preseason Friday against the Denver Nuggets, while Los Angeles play their final preseason game at Staples Center Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.

Notes:

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Sean Kilpatrick to a contract, the team announced Monday.

Kilpatrick, 24, earned First Team All-America honors as a senior at the University of Cincinnati in 2013-14, posting an American Athletic Conference-best 20.6 points per contest to go with 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.41 steals in 34 games, while leading the conference in three-point field goals (93). In four years with the Bearcats, the 6’4” guard tallied averages of 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.19 steals in 30.8 minutes over 140 career games, finishing as the school’s second all-time leading scorer behind only Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. He was a Second Team All-Big East selection in 2011-12 and 2012-13 before earning First Team All-AAC honors as a senior.