NBA Game Summary - Golden State at LA Clippers|
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Golden State 114, LA Clippers 110
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Curry and Carl Landry combined to
score 46 points and the Golden State Warriors held on to edge the
Los Angeles Clippers, 114-110, despite coughing up a 14-point fourth quarter
lead on Saturday at Staples Center.
Landry put home 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Curry added 23
points, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line, to go with four assists
and three steals for the Warriors, who bounced back from a loss to Memphis on
Klay Thompson contributed 17 points and eight boards, while Jarrett Jack ended
his night with 16 and six rebounds in the victory for Golden State, which
showed resolve in getting the win despite learning that guard/forward Brandon
Rush would miss the remainder of the season with a torn left ACL earlier in
"We stayed aggressive tonight," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "We played
a special team over there. We gutted out a victory. It was a great win for
Chris Paul dropped home 27 points -- going an incredible 19-of-20 from the
charity stripe -- and handed out 10 assists in the Clippers' first loss of the
season. Jamal Crawford also scored 27 points in the setback.
With the Warriors ahead 97-83 and 7:46 on the clock, Los Angeles began its
furious comeback effort.
Paul got the run started by drawing a foul on Curry and calmly draining two
free throws. After the shots, the Clips went on a 22-8 run to tie the game at
105, capped by Crawford corner 3-pointer, with exactly two minutes to play.
Curry put home a runner, but Paul went 1-of-2 from the line at the other end
to make it 109-108 with 42 seconds to play.
Curry hit 1-of-2 from the line to give the Warriors a 112-110 lead with 21.4
Los Angeles called a timeout following the free throws.
On the Clippers' final possession, Paul drove to his left into the lane and
laid home what would have been a game-tying basket, but the superstar Wake
Forest product was whistled for an offensive foul after running into Curry,
who accounted for the final margin with two more free throws.
"It was a tough game, really physical," Curry said. "They shot a lot of free
throws. We found a way to grind it out and make some big shots down the
Golden state roared out of the gate, hitting nine of their first 14 shots from
the field and building a 24-10 lead with 4:41 to play in the first quarter.
Consecutive buckets from close range by Blake Griffin cut the deficit to
single digits, 26-18, but Jack buried a 20-footer with 10.5 seconds left in
the frame and the Warriors led 33-24 after 12 minutes.
"The first quarter set the tone and we battled up hill the rest of
the way," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We got outworked tonight and
put ourselves in a hole."
A pair of free throws by Crawford cut the deficit to 43-40 with just under six
minutes to play before halftime, but a 21-footer by Thompson and 1-of-2 from
the line by Ezell pushed the lead back to 46-40.
The Clips then reeled off a 9-3 push to knot the game at 49 with 1:55 left.
But five straight points by the Warriors restored a 54-49 advantage and they
led 57-53 at the break.
Griffin's finger roll with 7:15 left in the third tied the game at 67, but the
Clippers could never take the lead, and went into the final period of play
Saturday marked the first meeting of the season between the teams, who split a
four-game series last season ... Los Angeles shot 40-of-52 from the free throw
line, while the Warriors went 28-of-39 from the stripe ... Clippers center
DeAndre Jordan fouled out with four points, eight rebounds and two blocks ...
Griffin finished with 19 points and 11 boards.
11/04 02:43:19 ET