The Warriors ran out of gas Wednesday night, falling to the Clippers 111-98 in Los Angeles. The game was close the entire contest until the final minutes, but after playing last night, the Warriors didn’t have enough to put them over the top. Klay Thompson led the team with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including four three-pointers. David Lee scored 20 points and hauled in seven rebounds, while Stephen Curry notched another double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. The loss drops the Warriors record to 41-25. They’ll look to get back on the right track when they host the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Mark Jackson
On the 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.”
On 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.”
Stephen Curry
On the 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.”
David Lee
On the overall play of the 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.”
On 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.”
Andrew Bogut
On the 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.”
On 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.”
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.”
The Warriors have won five-straight games and will look to keep the momentum rolling as they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers on Wednesday. The Dubs will be playing on the back end of a back-to-back after taking care of the Mavericks on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. Wednesday’s showdown will feature the top two teams in the Pacific Division, and four games separate the clubs in the standings. The Warriors have taken two of the first three games in this year’s season series, and another win over the Clippers will be key if the Dubs are to make a run at the division crown.
The Warriors extended their winning streak to five straight games with Tuesday’s 108-85 triumph over the Mavericks at Oracle Arena. Down by eight early, the Dubs took control of the game with a 22-8 run that bridged the first and second quarters. Much of the damage was done by the reserves, as Jordan Crawford caught fire and at one point had nine straight points for the Warriors. The Warriors reserves out-scored Dallas’ bench 59-37, and the Mavericks as a team shot just 36.6 percent from the field. The Warriors, meanwhile, had little trouble getting what they wanted offensively. The Dubs out-scored the Mavericks in the paint 40-30, thanks to several highlight-worthy dunks by Andrew Bogut (15 points, 10 rebounds) and one from Andre Iguodala that capped an incredible seven-second sequence that started with a block on the defensive end. GAME RECAP
The Warriors have averaged 53.5 points in the paint over the last four games, not bad considering some consider the Warriors to be a jump-shooting team. The more production that Andrew Bogut, David Lee and Jermaine O’Neal can provide inside, the more open looks Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson can get on the perimeter. This inside-out approach worked to perfection on Tuesday night, as the Warriors shot 12-for-25 on 3-pointers. While the Clippers have an insane amount of athleticism on their front line, they are prone to give up interior points, so don’t be surprised if the Warriors feed Bogut and Lee in the post early in the game.
Playing against the Clippers is a tough enough task as it is, and playing them on the back-to-back doesn’t make it any easier. Fatigue is always an issue when playing in consecutive games, but the Warriors have held their own in that department this season. The team is 6-5 this season in the second game of a back-to-back, and they’ve won six of their last seven such games. Thankfully for the Warriors, nobody played more than 30 minutes on Tuesday, so the team should be as fresh as they can reasonably be considering they played the night before.
There are only two teams that currently have a longer winning streak than the Warriors, and one of them is the Clippers. Los Angeles has won eight-straight games and certainly seems to be clicking on all cylinders despite injuries to a trio of wings. All-Star forward Blake Griffin has played at an extremely high level in recent games. The forward is the reigning Player of the Month in the Western Conference, and he has now scored at least 20 points in each of the last 23 games, including 37 points on Monday in a win over the Suns. In addition to Griffin’s excellence, the team has perhaps the best point guard in the NBA in Chris Paul. The veteran has posted three-straight double-doubles and he currently ranks second in the NBA in +/-. In fact, the top five players in +/-, a stat that measures point differential for a player when he is on the court, will be playing on Wednesday night at Staples Center. There has been no shortage of fireworks between these two teams over the last few seasons, and Wednesday’s matchup promises to be another one that basketball fans won’t want to miss.
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out.

LAC: Jamal Crawford (strained left calf) is day-to-day. Jared Dudley (mid-back spasms) is a game-time decisions. J.J. Redick (bulging disc lower back) is out.