NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Golden State
(Saturday, April 12th)
Final Score: Golden State 122, LA Clippers 116
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Baron Davis finished with 25 points and nine assists, as Golden State topped the Los Angeles Clippers, 122-116, and moved into a tie for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot.
The Warriors were one game behind Denver, but the Nuggets lost to Utah earlier on Saturday. Now both teams have identical records (48-32) with two games to play. Denver, though, holds the tiebreaker over Golden State.
Stephen Jackson scored 28 points, while Al Harrington and Monta Ellis each contributed 17 points for Golden State, which has won two of three. Andris Biedrins had 10 points and a team-high 14 rebounds in the win.
Cuttino Mobley had 30 points and 10 boards, and was one of three players with a double-double for the Clippers, who have lost five in a row. Al Thornton recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Elton Brand had 21 points and 14 boards. Corey Maggette chipped in 22 points off the bench in defeat.
Though Golden State held multiple double-digit leads, Mobley scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to bring the Clippers within three. A pair of Maggette free throws followed, and had LA within 93-92.
But the Warriors restored their edge to six, responding with a Jackson layup and Mickael Pietrus three.
Golden State continued to pull away, mostly thanks to LA's only making one free throw at a time and no field goals, and with 6:57 left, Davis connected on a hook shot to put his team ahead 105-95.
The closest the Clippers got the rest of the way was five, when Maggette made one free throw with 1:46 on the clock, bringing LA within 113-108. But Ellis and Jackson came back with consecutive buckets, and Golden State eased to the finish from there.
The Warriors jumped out to the lead on the strength of an 18-5 run in the middle of the first quarter, and a Harrington three capped the surge for a 32-18 lead with a little more than four minutes left in the stanza.
Golden State parlayed that advantage into a 42-26 edge heading into the second, but saw the lead dwindle down after a flurry of Clippers long-range shots. Smush Parker started the second quarter with a three, and Maggette followed with another to cut LA's deficit to 10.
The Clippers got within four several times -- the latest when Thornton converted a three-point play with 1:58 left in the half. But a Davis jumper, closed out the scoring, and Golden State led 68-61 heading into intermission.
The Warriors continued to lead in the third quarter, and used an eight-point stretch to threaten to turn the game into a blowout. Jackson led off the surge with three free throws, and added another later in the run. Biedrins then ended it with a tip-in, pushing Golden State's edge to 87-70 with 4:05 left.
Los Angeles, though, ended the frame with six straight points to get back within single digits, at 93-84.
Pietrus finished with 11 points...Parker had nine points and nine assists for the Clippers...Golden State never trailed...The Warriors play at Phoenix on Monday, then close out their regular season on Wednesday against Seattle.
04/13 01:44:47 ET