NBA Game Summary - Golden State at LA Clippers
(Saturday, January 29th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 96, Golden State 85
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Elton Brand scored 27 points, Zeljko Rebraca came off the bench to chip in 19 with 16 rebounds and the Clippers defeated Golden State, 96-85, at the Staples Center.
Rick Brunson added 17 points, while Bobby Simmons netted 11 for the Clippers, who have won seven of nine and 10 of the last 15 meetings in this series. Marko Jaric contributed 10 points and 12 boards off the pine in the win.
"It's good to get back on the winning track," said Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy. "A huge game from Zeljko (Rebraca), 19 points and 16 boards. He did a great job of just being big in the paint. We have been finding different guys at different times. It's been good."
Jason Richardson led all players with 29 points to pace Golden State, which has dropped five straight. Mike Dunleavy added 22 and Derek Fisher netted 12 in the loss.
Golden State led 25-21 after one quarter of play, but the Clippers responded with 15-3 burst to open the second frame, turning a four-point deficit into an eight-point cushion. Rebraca's short jumper capped the run, staking Los Angeles to a 36-28 lead with 8:14 left in the first half.
However, the Warriors closed the quarter with a 21-13 burst, knotting the game at 49 as both teams headed into the locker room.
The Clippers, though, regained the lead in the opening stages of the third. Brand's jumper ignited a 14-4 run, capped by Jaric's jumper as Los Angeles jumped ahead 63-53 with just under seven minutes remaining in the stanza.
LA would then carry a seven-point lead, 80-73, into the fourth.
Golden State proved pesky and trimmed the deficit to four, 87-83, with under five minutes to go. However, Rebraca's bucket pushed the margin to 92-83 moments later, as the Warriors never threatened from that point on.
The Clippers dominated the glass, outrebounding the Warriors by a 54-34 margin with 21 of them coming on the offensive side.
This marked the first time ever that the Clippers swept the Warriors in the same season...On the injury front, Golden State guard Speedy Claxton (knee) missed the game, while Clippers forward Corey Maggette also missed the contest (shoulder)...The Warriors fell to a dismal 4-17 on the road this season. Golden State, which has now lost eight straight as the visitor, has not won on the road in 2005...The Warriors last picked up a victory away from home on December 26, 2004 at Sacramento...The Clippers improved to 16-10 at home this season.
01/30 01:15:40 ET