The Golden State Warriors responded to the biggest loss of the season with a hot shooting performance against the Los Angeles Clippers. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 55 points as the Warriors shot 51 percent, beating the Clippers 115-102 despite a scary moment at the end of the game.
The Warriors came off a 32 point loss against the Portland Blazers. After Damian Lillard torched the team with 51 points, they wanted to motivate themselves on a back to back by shooting the lights out against a rival team. They are telling the league that the loss in Portland last Friday was a fluke.
”We can have a letdown night like last night, but we come back and refocus, and turn it on and find a way to get a win against a great team that’s been playing well the last 20 or so games,” Curry said according to Sports Illustrated. ”With the short turnaround, we didn’t want to have any excuses coming into tonight, and we got it done.”
While the splash brothers did work on both sides of the ball, Draymond Green continues to dominate the game. He had his 11th triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Green is leading the league in triple doubles and averaging more assists than most point guards. The whole team plays like the Spurs, but with much more spacing at a faster pace. They continue to have numerous playmakers besides Curry making plays. Even the Clippers know how good they are, despite them falling to 19-5 without Blake Griffin.
”They’re sort of becoming like San Antonio, they’re not going to beat themselves,” said Chris Paul, whose thigh bruise got him pulled with 8:09 remaining. ”We had a few bad stretches. We know we have to be better and we will be.”
The Clippers traded for Jeff Green to improve the roster. This gives them a player that can score and defend, putting Paul Pierce in the 2nd unit. They still haven’t been able to beat the Warriors yet, but come playoff time they might have the right lineup to compete with them.