|CLIPPERS SCORELESS IN FINAL 3:15, LOSE IN OAKLAND - Eric Patten @ericpatten|
|Mo Williams knocked down a fadeaway jumper over Golden State’s David Lee to give the Clippers a two-point lead with 3:15 left in the game. L.A. would not score again.
The Warriors scored the final nine points of the fourth quarter to upend the Clippers, 104-97, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, snapping a three-game losing streak and avenging their season-opening loss to the Clippers on the same floor.
Indecision and errant shots plagued the Clippers (19-11) down the stretch. They missed their final six attempts from the field, including four 3-pointers, and committed one of their 18 total turnovers, a pass by Blake Griffin that bounced out of bounds as he tried to find Caron Butler along the left sideline.
Griffin finished with 21 points and nine rebounds, but was limited to 29 minutes with foul trouble through much of the last three quarters. Williams added 22 points, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, Reggie Evans pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds (five offensive), and Chris Paul had a team-high 24 points to go with six assists, and five rebounds in 40 minutes, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
“We just gave up offensive rebounds,” Griffin added. “They hit a couple shots and we couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end.”
Brandon Rush made a 3-pointer from the left wing after an offensive rebound by Ekpe Udoh, who started in place of Andris Biedrins (illness). Monta Ellis made a runner in traffic. And Nate Robinson iced it with a floater over Griffin with 17 seconds to go.
Yet despite 32 points from Ellis, a career-high 19 from Udoh, and 24 points and 13 rebounds from David Lee, the Warriors needed two defensive stops against Paul to snare the victory. The first came when the Clipper point guard was forced into a tough step-back jumper at the right elbow and the next, with a 100-97 lead, when Dominic McGuire rejected Paul’s fadeaway in the lane.
Paul was brilliant in the first half, asserting himself as a scorer en route to 20 points. But he was unable to duplicate his fourth-quarter brilliance of the team’s previous two games when he tallied 30 points on 58.8% shooting.
This time it was Williams keeping the Clippers afloat late. With Griffin on the bench, Paul missing shots, and the team unable to get things going offensively, the reserve guard nailed two threes in a row, including a fadeaway in front of Golden State’s bench, and had 13 points in the fourth quarter.
“That’s what Mo [Williams] does,” Paul said. “I think he’s the leading sixth man of the year candidate. He’s a starter in this league who is coming off the bench and that’s why he’s so good for us.”
It wasn’t enough, though, and Golden State (12-17) prevailed for the first time in a week.
“A team never wants to lose four in a row,” Griffin said. “And we’ve got to do a better job of knowing that and coming in and shutting it down right away.
“We can’t coast the whole game and expect to win at the end. We need to play with a better sense of urgency.”
The Clippers used an 11-2 run near the end of the first half to briefly take a four-point lead on Williams’ 3-pointer from straightaway, Griffin’s right-handed driving dunk, and six free throws from Griffin and Butler. However, Golden State answered with six of the final seven points to tie the game at 56.
The half ended on a bizarre series of possessions. The Warriors intentionally fouled DeAndre Jordan with 37 seconds to go and Paul nailed a shot from beyond half court as the whistle sounded. The basket was waved off and Jordan made 1-of-2 from the line.
Curry made a 3-pointer on the next possession and Golden State’s Dorell Wright appeared to foul Jordan away from the ball and, again, Paul launched a shot from near midcourt. This time, though, the officials did not call a foul. Udoh grabbed the rebound and scored on an 18-footer 12 seconds later.
It was Paul’s only miss of the first half.
Griffin went to the bench with his fourth foul at 6:37 in the third quarter. The Clippers only scored nine points in the rest of the quarter… The Clippers shot 11-of-26 from 3-point range, while Golden State made 9-of-23… Evans and Jordan combined for nine of the Clippers’ 17 offensive rebounds. The team’s season high in offensive boards is 19… Oakland-based rapper Too Short performed his song “Blow the Whistle” during a timeout in the second half.
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