Game #66 | March 12, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – There were plenty of moments that separated Wednesday’s Clippers-Warriors matchup from a run-of-the-mill regular season game in March.

The bodies tangled up underneath the basket, the animosity that seemed to seep from all 10 players on the court and the technical fouls. But nothing quite exuded what Wednesday’s game may have meant more than Blake Griffin’s monstrous follow dunk in the fourth quarter.

The soaring dunk off a missed 3-pointer by Danny Granger sent the Staples Center crowd into a frenzy and spurred the Clippers to a 111-98 victory over their Pacific Division rivals.

It was the ninth win in a row for the Clippers (46-20), the third best streak in franchise history, and even the season series with Golden State (41-25).

“I talked about it as soon as the game was over, but our fight has been great,” said Griffin, who had 30 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and three steals.

“Whoever’s on the court, I know I’ve got four guys lined up next to me or if I’m on the bench I know those five guys are out there fighting.”

Griffin made his requisite plays at the rim and made a living with jumpers on the block as well. He played the entire second half and attempted 28 shots, converting 13.

But while Griffin’s MVP-worthy play led the way, the Clippers bench changed the game.

Led by 18 points from Danny Granger, who made his first six shots, and 13 from Willie Green, who was forced into minutes with Darren Collison in early foul trouble, the bench outscored Golden State’s 33-20.

“Willie Green has been around this league for a long time and Danny Granger, he’s probably one of the better scorers we’ve had in this league for a while,” Collison said.

“They’re experienced and they know exactly what to do in these situations.”

The Clippers held Golden State to 43.9 percent shooting and just three second-chance points and Griffin’s 30 points offset Klay Thompson’s team-high 26.

Still, in the third quarter it looked like the game could get away from the Clippers. Golden State put together a 6-0 run capped by a baseline jumper by Thompson to take a seven-point lead.

The Clippers closed the quarter on a 9-0 run of their own, capped by a 3-pointer by Chris Paul with 0.1 remaining on the clock. Paul’s shot gave the Clippers an 84-79 lead and they outscored Golden State, 27-19 in the fourth, allowing just four field goals.

“There are games when you go out there and things aren’t going your way,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “We were fighting ourselves. It’s like everybody wanted to win the game and you can’t play that way. And then we found ourselves.”

Collison, who struggled early, scored six of eight points at one point down the stretch and the Clippers opened up their first double-digit lead of the game in the fourth. He finished with 11 points. Paul had 16 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and three steals. And DeAndre Jordan finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. It was the seventh time this year Griffin, Jordan and Paul each had double-doubles in the same game.

NOTES

With 14.9 seconds left in the second quarter, Griffin secured his 3,000th rebound, making him the third player in NBA history reach 6,000 points, 3,000 boards and 1,000 assists while also shooting at least 50 percent from the field before the end of his fourth season… Jared Dudley returned after missing three games with mid-back spasms. He played one minute and did not score… The Clippers were without Jamal Crawford (calf) and J.J. Redick (back)… Reggie Bush, Dante Exum and former Clipper Corey Maggette were among those in attendance… Griffin has scored 20 points or more 24 straight games…

QUOTES

 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Players Stepping Up

“That is what happens when you have guys out. Willie [Green] really stepped up tonight. Obviously he made shots but his defense in the second half and in the first was fantastic. Danny Granger is just getting better and better and he is getting more comfortable. Baby [Glen Davis] may have not scored, or he scored once, but his defense was good so it was a good win for us. This was a good mental win for us because I didn’t think we had a lot going. Blake [Griffin] was dominant for us all game. But DC [Darren Collison], CP [Chris Paul] could not make shots. It was one of those games where we kept fighting and we finally broke our way through.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Significance of tonight’s win

“It was not significant because we beat Golden State, it was significant because we won the game. We found ourselves this game and we had talked about that at halftime. To me a win like this could have been against anyone. There are games when you go out there and things are not going your way. We shot 52 percent in the first half but our offense was awful. We just scored when guys found the ball and made a shot but we had no rhythm and no pace. We fought and we found ourselves.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS

RE: Proving themselves

“We have to prove to ourselves that we can win games like this. Each game like this helps. We have to learn physical composure and mental toughness and that is where we are growing. We are still growing and we are young. I got on DJ [DeAndre Jordan] for his tech. Fourth quarter techs you cannot recover from and those are the little things that we have to get away from. But we are just getting better and we needed to keep getting tested. I was looking forward to this game because I felt like some of those things would happen in this game and we came out of it.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Importance of the win

“Man I can’t really find the words. I’m proud—proud of the way we fought, proud of the way guys handled themselves. Danny [Granger], coming off the bench and giving us big minutes. Willie [Green]. Guys were fighting---Darren [Collison]. We struggled at times, missed a lot of shots, easy ones, had some stupid turnovers, errors, but guys just kept fighting, and I’m just proud of the way we played.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Fourth quarter dunk

“I was telling Danny [Granger], I’m not going to lie—I kind of wanted it to come off the rim if I was going to run that hard. I was at the three point line when he shot it, and I started running in and it just came off just right. I got lucky.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN

RE: Team resiliency

“I talked about it as soon as the game was over, but our fight has been great. Whoever is on the court, I know I’ve got 4 guys lined up next to me or if I’m on the bench there’s 5 guys out there fighting. Up 10 or

down 10, I think we’ve come to a point where it doesn’t really matter—we stick together and try to pull it out.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Reason for shooting after the game

“To practice. During the game, you wouldn’t think, but I say it all the time, I struggle with confidence and things like that. I just didn’t feel like I couldn’t throw it in the ocean, so I wanted to go shoot now.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL

RE: Thoughts on personal performance

“I don’t want to read too much into it. I just want to do better, obviously we’re winning and stuff like that, but everybody has to do their part, and I want to do mine.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER

RE: Personal performance tonight

“Doc [Rivers] has a unique ability to play to a player’s strengths. He drew up some plays, I got some good looks, once I made by first one, always I think I’m hot every time, honestly. So I make the next 5 or 6 and, we were in rhythm offensively, is what it was.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER

RE: Growing comfort with the Clippers

“It’s getting comfortable. The way this offense is, is so wide open. Anybody can push the ball. Blake [Griffin] can make plays on the open court, Chris [Paul] pushes, Matt [Barnes] pushes. We have a very unique team, with the ability to have so many play makers running the floor and you have shooters running the wings. You get a lot of shots, and I made a bunch of them.

CLIPPERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER

RE: Acclimation to Clippers’ defensive schemes

“Yeah, you know Doc [Rivers]. As good as an offensive team we are, we really prize ourselves on the team’s defense. It’s really myself, only playing 4-5 games. Sometimes I’m stuck on old habits that I had in Indiana, but I’m breaking them, and when the defense is really all tied in it’s really hard to score on us.”

CLIPPERS GUARD WILLIE GREEN

RE: Finding shots tonight

“Just being locked in, being focused, and trusting each other tonight. I thought the guys did a good job of playing solid defense. That’s the foundation; that’s the pillar of our team. We can play good defense, rebound the basketball. We’re a very good team and that’s what we did tonight.”

CLIPPERS GUARD WILLIE GREEN

RE: Rivalry with Warriors

“This team has been a thorn in our side. I said it earlier, [they have] a real coach, and great players on their team and they come out and play hard. But you know, it was a good win. We came out, really just locked in, stayed focused and held the game.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“We didn’t play our best basketball but we were still able to come out with a win. It shows a lot about us. Listen, in the playoffs, every game is not going to be pretty. It’s going to be real hard to win, especially against a very good team like that. There’s going to be times you’re not playing well, but you have to do whatever it takes to find a win.”

CLIPPERS GUARD DARREN COLLISON

RE: Willie Green’s and Danny Granger’s performance

“Willie Green has been around this league for a long time and Danny Granger, he’s probably one of the better scorers in the league that we’ve had for a while. Those guys are experienced, they know exactly what to do in these situations. Very good pick-ups from Danny; and Willie also continues to do what he needs to do despite not coming into the games before, and coming in and playing.”

CLIPPERS GUARD MATT BARNES

RE: Chris Paul’s performance

“He’s tough man, he’s tough. He’s one of those guys that is able to take a challenge. Everyone talks about the best point guard in the league but Chris [Paul] is the one who guards those point guards, no one guards him, you got two or three on him. So Chris is very competitive. We respect and appreciate that from him but we’re trying to help him along so he can save himself.”

CLIPPERS GUARD MATT BARNES

RE: Overall thoughts on the nine-game winning streak

“We’re starting to peak at the right time. You know last year we went on a winning streak but it was like in November or December or something and it didn’t mean much. I think now that we’ve had so many injuries and so many ups and downs, getting guys healthy, getting guys acclimated, you know with all that being said, we are still able to win tough games, blowouts, all different kinds of ways.”

WARRIORS HEAD COACH MARK JACKSON

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“We fought. We made some mistakes and things didn’t go our way, but I saw a lot of good things out there. Tough loss, and now it’s about regrouping and putting on another run. But I like the way we battled.”

WARRIORS HEAD COACH MARK JACKSON

RE: Defending Blake Griffin

“Make [Blake Griffin] hit the jump shot. That’s how you play LeBron James. It doesn’t change. It’s not saying that he can’t make it, but you’re playing the numbers. At the end of the day he’s a spectacular finisher, he’s a skilled player, and you want to force him into contested jump shots. So you live with the results.”

WARRIORS GUARD STEPHEN CURRY

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“We fought hard to the end and just… I lose the ball a couple of times, they get the big put-back and kind of take control with under six minutes in the fourth. We played a pretty solid game all the way through, but I don’t think fatigue had anything to do with it, just didn’t make the right plays down the stretch.”

WARRIORS FORWARD DAVID LEE

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“[In the fourth quarter] I think we were down, seven, six, something like that. We got a few buckets, cut it down a little bit, but eventually they, by committee, kind of wore us down a little bit and lived at the free-throw line a little bit. But give them credit. They played well throughout the game. I thought we competed hard. We didn’t have our best game, but overall you can take a loss like this and learn from it.”

WARRIORS FORWARD DAVID LEE

RE: Playoff-like intensity in games versus the Clippers

“Between these two teams, there was that kind of intensity in December when we were playing each other. Not to hype it up at all, but there is no love lost between these two teams. Both teams are teams that play hard to begin with and are very competitive. [It was a] very good four games between the two teams this regular season. Who knows what’s going to happen playoff time, if we’ll see them again, but both teams are playing very good basketball right now.”

WARRIORS CENTER ANDREW BOGUT

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“It was just tough. They went on a run, ran the ball back at us, a couple of good offensive rebounds, and we just kind of broke out of flow. We battled for the most part. Our team should be proud of the way we played even though we lost. I look forward to seeing them in the future.”

WARRIORS CENTER ANDREW BOGUT

RE: Playoff-like intensity in games versus the Clippers

“The theatrics of the game, when we play the Clippers, is pretty much [like the playoffs]. The guys get frustrated at times, there’s a lot of physicality and so on.”

WARRIORS CENTER ANDREW BOGUT

RE: On games versus the Clippers not always being pure basketball

“Like I said, there is a lot of different theatrics that go on within a basketball game just in general. But this series, on both sides, tops the cake.”

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PREVIEW

By: Eric Patten | Follow @EricPatten


Before the season started, before he had coached a game in Los Angeles, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers thought his new team’s biggest rival was not the Memphis Grizzlies, a team the Clippers had faced twice in the postseason, or their intra-city mates, the Lakers.

Rivers thought the Clippers (45-20) had the most contentious relationship with Golden State (41-24) resided some 370 miles north. That has proven out in the previous three meetings, which included on-court incidents, off-court banter and plenty of things in between.

The final meeting of the regular season is one of the biggest games of the season so far for both teams. Entering play Wednesday, the Clippers, who have won a season-high eight games in a row, would be seeded No. 3 in the Western Conference Playoffs, while the Warriors, who have the second best record (10-2) since the All-Star break, at No. 6 would be their first round opponent.

The Warriors won the previous two games in the series, including the last games at Oracle Arena. However, the Clippers have gotten the best of the Warriors at Staples Center in Golden State’s last two trips, winning by 11 in the Oct. 31 home opener behind Chris Paul’s season-high 42 points.

NOTEWORTHY MATCHUP

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Chris Paul vs. Stephen Curry


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2013-14

46

18.6

11.0

4.4

2.4

.460

.336

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28

23.6

9.9

4.1

2.3

.518

.396

vs. Curry

14

23.4

9.7

3.5

1.9

.533

.365

 

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2013-14

62

23.3

8.6

4.4

1.6

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.409

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18

19.4

6.1

4.3

1.2

.482

.505

vs. Paul

14

17.6

6.3

3.9

1.4

.497

.507

THREE THINGS TO WATCH ON PRIME TICKET

- The Clippers’ eight-game winning streak has been predicated on scoring as much as anything. If they win on Wednesday and score 100 points or more it will tie a franchise record for the most consecutive wins while topping 100 points. The Warriors, owners of the league’s third most efficient defense (99.3 points allowed per 100 possessions), are 30-4 when holding the opposition to below 100 points.

- Blake Griffin is five rebounds away from reaching 3,000 for his career. Once Griffin, 24, has amassed 3,000 boards, he will become just the third player in NBA history to top 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists while also shooting 50.0% or better from the field before the end of his fourth season. Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Charles Barkley are the ONLY other players to do so.

- Of course, the most obvious element of Wednesday’s game will be the Warriors’ prolific shooting from 3-point range against the Clippers’ league-best 3-point defense. Golden State is 21-6 when they make at least 10 3-pointers, while the Clippers allow 7.1 makes from distance per game.  

NOTES

The Clippers have won two games in a row against the Warriors at Staples Center, but are 2-5 overall in the last two seasons in the series… A win on Wednesday will move the Clippers to 46-20, which would mark the best record after 66 games in franchise history… They are 27-5 at home… The Warriors are 20-14 on the road… Golden State is holding opponents to 42.0 percent shooting since the All-Star break… Paul is 18 assists away from passing Mookie Blaylock for No. 30 on the all-time list… The Clippers have won three games in a row against Pacific Division opponents…

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Darren Collison: “It’s a pretty good match up for us for the simple fact that they are one of the top teams in the West too. Regardless of who we are playing, we have to play our style of basketball. The Warriors are good and they going to try play their brand of basketball. We have to continue to just stay focused and stay disciplined and play our brand of basketball.”

INJURY UPDATE

LAC: Jared Dudley (back) is a game-time decision. Jamal Crawford (calf) is out and J.J. Redick (back) is expected to miss his 15th game in a row.

GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out. Curry has been limited by a strained right quad. He played 22 minutes on Tuesday and is expected to play against the Clippers.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY

All Time: 83-114 (Home: 50-48, Road: 33-66)
2013-14: 1-2
Current Overall Streak: Lost 2

Home Streak: Won 2
Last Win: Oct. 31, 2013 (126-115)
Last Loss: Nov. 3, 2012 (110-114)

Largest Margin of Victory:
Home: 26 (115-89), Jan. 5, 2013
Largest Margin of Defeat:
Home: 34 (95-129), Dec. 15, 1972

SEASON SERIES

Oct. 31, 2013 at Staples Center: Clippers 126, Warriors 115
Dec. 25, 2013 at Oracle Arena: Warriors 105, Clippers 103
Jan. 30, 2014 at Oracle Arena: Warriors 111, Clippers 92
Mar. 12, 2014 at Staples Center

 

 

LAST TIME OUT


RECAP | BOX SCORE | PHOTOS
GAMEDAY ARCHIVE

Clippers Leaders:

Pts: Griffin 37
Reb: Jordan 17
Ast: Paul 11

Last Time Out



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GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Warriors Leaders:

Pts: Crawford 19
Reb: Lee 11
Ast: Blake 8

 

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