HALFTIME GAME 4: CLIPPERS DOWN 18 AT ORACLE
OAKLAND – Amid controversy and possible distraction, the Clippers had little answer for the Warriors in the first half of Game 4 Sunday afternoon.
Golden State, spurred by its relentless home crowd, jumped on the Clippers early and never let up, securing a 66-48 first-half lead and closing in on evening the series at two games apiece.
The Warriors blitzed the Clippers in the first quarter, scoring 39 points, matching the Boston Celtics for the most scored by a Clippers opponent in a single quarter in franchise history. They shot 66.7 percent from the field, 7-for-11 from 3-point range and Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 21 points.
After the Clippers trailed, 5-4, Golden State scored 20 of the next 26 points, led by Curry and Klay Thompson’s onslaught from the 3-point line. Very little worked for the Clippers after they came out of the locker room and dropped their warmups to reveal red shooting shirts turned inside-out to hide the Clippers logo emblazoned on the front.
They committed 12 turnovers, allowing 13 Golden State points, were outshot by 16 percent, allowed Curry, Thompson, who was saddled with four fouls, and David Lee to top 13 points apiece, and managed just eight assists on 15 field goals.
Jamal Crawford had 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting off the bench and Blake Griffin scored 12 points with four rebounds and three assists. But the Clippers got just 20 points from the remainder of the roster.
The Clippers trailed by as many as 23 points in the second quarter… Draymond Green started in place of Jermaine O’Neal… The Clippers were 4-for-15 from 3-point range… They had just 13 rebounds…
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