NBA Game Summary -LA Clippers at Golden State
(Tuesday, March 17th)
Final Score: Golden State 127, LA Clippers 120
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Monta Ellis scored 29 points, doled out six assists and grabbed five rebounds to lead Golden State past the Los Angeles Clippers, 127-120, spoiling Baron Davis' return to ORACLE Arena.
Davis, who missed the Clippers' last trip to Oakland on January 25 with a bruised tailbone, played his first game in Oakland since opting out of the final year of his contract with the Warriors last offseason to sign a five- year, $65 million dollar contact with LA. He finished with 29 points and seven helpers.
Corey Maggette totaled 21 points and Anthony Morrow 20 for the Warriors, who have won three of four. Kelenna Azubuike ended with 16 points and nine boards in the win.
Golden State's Stephen Jackson did not play due to a one-game suspension levied for his 16 technical fouls on the season.
Al Thornton contributed 25 points and nine boards for the Clippers, who dropped their eighth game in nine tries. Zach Randolph added 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Marcus Camby amassed 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Leading by four late in the game, Azubuike nailed a three, Ellis offered a layup and Maggette hit two free throws to give Golden State a 116-105 lead with 2:17 left to play.
Golden State held on for the win from there.
The Warriors trailed 27-25 after the first quarter but grabbed a 59-51 lead at the break.
Two threes and a jumper from Morrow gave the Warriors an 81-69 lead with 3:38 left in the third frame.
Moments later, Anthony Randolph's three-point play gave the home team a 92-77 lead, before LA cut it to 92-81 heading into the fourth.
Consecutive threes from Steve Novak, a fade away from Randolph and two free throws from Eric Gordon cut it to 98-94 with 8:11 left in the game.
The Warriors closed out a four-game homestand at 3-1...Golden State is now 18-16 as the host...The Clips, who are 7-25 on the road, snapped a five-game skid to the Warriors with a 118-105 win in Los Angeles on February 23.
03/18 01:30:41 ET