NBA Game Summary - Golden State at LA Clippers
(Wednesday, March 19th)
Final Score: Golden State 116, LA Clippers 100
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Jackson scored 29 points to lead Golden State in a rout of the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-100, at the Staples Center.
Monta Ellis added 28 points and six assists for the Warriors, who have won two of three games and are now 2 1/2 games ahead of Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Nuggets fell to Philadelphia, 115-113, in Allen Iverson's return to the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday.
Mickael Pietrus chipped in with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State, which snapped a 16-game losing streak at the Staples Center. Baron Davis finished with 14 points.
"This win was huge considering Denver lost," Davis said. "Our margin of error is getting smaller and this stretch will decide our season."
Rookie Al Thornton had 24 points and 13 boards for the reeling Clippers, who have dropped five in a row and seven of their last eight games overall. Corey Maggette netted 21 points, while Tim Thomas dropped in 20.
"We turned the ball over too many times and we didn't make many free throws." Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "But, we played hard and competed."
The Warriors used their high-powered offense to race out to a 37-26 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
Golden State kept the pressure on in the second frame and continued to slowly pull away. Kelenna Azubuike's tip-in capped the scoring in the stanza with the Warriors leading 64-46.
The rout was on in the third quarter. Jackson stroked a three to start the frame and push Golden State's cushion past 20 points, at 67-46.
A few minutes later, consecutive Pietrus buckets put the Warriors on top 82-56.
Los Angles managed to cut the deficit back to 18 points, 92-74, by the end of the third quarter, and continued to chip away early in the fourth.
The Clippers opened the final frame with a 7-0 run, highlighted by three consecutive layups, and trailed by just 11 points, 92-81, with 9:36 left.
Ellis finally stopped the bleeding with a jumper, and Al Harrington followed with a layup to reestablish control for the Warriors, 96-81.
Golden State coasted to the finish line from there.
Golden State is 19-15 on the road this season...The Clippers are just 12-23 as the host this season...The Warriors snapped a seven-game skid against the Clips in LA...Golden State is scheduled to host the Clippers on April 12 in Oakland.
03/20 01:31:50 ET