Richardson, Warriors Hold Off Clippers
Golden State 88, L.A. Clippers 81
OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 15 (Ticker) -- Jason Richardson and the Golden State Warriors finally decided to stand up to the bully.
Richardson scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Warriors held on for an ugly 88-81 triumph over the struggling Los Angeles Clippers.
"I think it's good to take some feel-good (emotions) with you to the All-Star break. It doesn't matter who it's against," Fisher said. "We've been in so many situations where we could win games and didn't come up with the win. That feels good."
Fisher made his second consecutive start in place of Baron Davis, who is sidelined with a right ankle sprain. Forwards Troy Murphy and Andris Biedrins also missed the game with injuries.
"Hopefully we can come back next week and have some more bodies and keep plugging away," said Fisher, who added three steals. "Guys will be healthy and we can finish these last 30 games, really, really strong."
The Warriors jumped to a 29-19 lead after one quarter behind 11 points from Richardson, who connected on 5-of-9 shots in the period.
"It was good to get a win on them," said Richardson, who also had three steals. "They beat us the last seven games and it's good to get a win, especially the last one where we lost by three points and had a chance to win the game."
Golden State held a 52-40 lead at intermission, an advantage that quickly mounted to 70-46 in less than eight minutes. Mickael Pietrus made a driving layup to ignite the pivotal 18-6 run, which Richardson capped with a three-point play with 4:33 remaining in the session.
However, the Warriors allowed the Clippers to climb back into the game late by making just 2-of-16 shots and 12-of-22 free throws in the fourth quarter. Golden State did not make a basket in the final 6:48 of the contest.
"We could have had a lot of momentum going, but offensive rebounds killed us - you saw it," said Clippers guard Shaun Livingston, whose team allowed 18 offensive rebounds. "That hurt, but what can you do?"
Los Angeles got as close as 87-81 on a long jumper by Cuttino Mobley with 23 seconds to go before Richardson made a free throw to cap the scoring.
"They pulled close, but we were going to win that game no matter what," Richardson said.
Sam Cassell scored 16 points and All-Star Elton Brand added 15 and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who have dropped four of their last five games since opening the season with a 29-17 record.
"We played like we're tired," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Maybe it's time for us to get days off, but they outworked us. They played hard, they played great. Their guys were all over the boards and came up with all the loose balls and they played a great game."
Vladimir Radmanovic, who was acquired in a trade with Seattle on Tuesday, made his debut for Los Angeles and scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting in nearly 30 minutes.
Mobley added 14 points and Chris Kaman 10 and three blocks for the Clippers, who made just 2-of-10 3-pointers, committed 15 turnovers and were outrebounded, 52-46.
"Three games ago, we had three less losses - 18 losses and we could have come out of the (All-Star break) 33-18," Kaman said. "And those are all teams we're capable of beating for sure and we didn't play hard.
"I don't think we've played hard at all the last three games. It's just how it goes sometimes, it's basketball and we've got to get back into it and get some rest over these next four days and see what happens when we come back."