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Warriors Defeat Clippers, Move to 5-2 in Preseason

Curry Tallies 27, Ezeli Returns to Action
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The Warriors won their first of two home preseason games on Tuesday night, a 125-107 victory over the visiting rival Los Angeles Clippers. Golden State closed the second quarter on a 7-2 run to give them a 62-60 lead at halftime, and the Dubs never looked back. The Warriors shot 59% from the field as a team in a balanced scoring attack, as all but one of the 12 players who received minutes scored at least six points apiece.

Stephen Curry led all scorers with 27 points, 12 of which came in the third quarter, to go along with his six assists and three steals. David Lee and Justin Holiday added 12 points each, and Ognjen Kuzmic neared a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.

The most promising development of the game, however, might have been the play of backup center Festus Ezeli. Playing in his first game since May 2013, Ezeli scored 10 points, but more importantly looked completely back to full strength after missing the last year and a half recovering from injury. He looked as spry as ever, throwing down alley-oops and imposing himself on the defensive end.

Warriors Beat Clippers 125-107

The Warriors beat the L.A. Clippers 125-107 in a preseason game at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night.

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Warriors Beat Clippers 125-107

The Warriors beat the L.A. Clippers 125-107 in a preseason game at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night.
Oct 21, 2014  |  02:14

Postgame: Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry scores 27 points and drops six dimes in the Warriors victory over the Clippers.
Oct 21, 2014  |  00:00

Ezeli Rejects Cunningham

Festus Ezeli protects the paint and swats away Jared Cunningham at the cup.
Oct 20, 2014  |  00:00

Curry on the Break

Stephen Curry pulls up for the smooth triple on the fast break.
Oct 20, 2014  |  00:00

Clippers vs. Warriors

Festus Ezeli played for the first time in 17 months and had 10 points and three rebounds to help the Warriors beat the Clippers 125-107 in Tuesday's preseason game.
Oct 20, 2014  |  00:00

The victory pushes the Warriors’ preseason record to 5-2, including 2-0 against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in a hard-fought seven-game series last season. They’ll look to close out the preseason on a high note when they take on the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena on Friday.

Steve Kerr

On the turnovers tonight: "Better effort and better focus, but still there were too many turnovers. I think we had 15 in the first half and 13 in the second – at least we were competing in the second half and we were more aggressive. It’s crazy because we scored 125 points; shot 59 percent and made 13 three’s and we all feel like we played horribly. There are two ways to look at that, one is that we better get better quickly and the other is that we can be really good, but we are not really good right now. We are casual with everything. Casual with the ball and casual with our defensive rotations. We are not there yet and we have a ways to go."

On if he was encouraged by tonight's effort: "The potential is there. We have plenty of talent. It was great to see Festus (Ezeli) comeback tonight. I thought he was really aggressive with what he did. I knew he would pick up a bunch of fouls because the game is going to move too fast for him right now. He showed how much he can help us. When Bogs (Andrew Bogut) isn’t there we don’t have quite the same rhythm offensively. We have a lot of guys that can play, but we have to play collectively, we have to play smarter and with more purpose."

On Festus Ezeli's offensive game: "Festus (Ezeli) has done a lot of work on his free throws and on his jump hooks. We have plenty of shooting around him so if we can stretch the floor with ball movement and penetration we can do with him what the Clippers do with DJ (DeAndre Jordan). Get the defense moving and then throw a quick lob that he can dunk."

On Andre Iguodala's lob to Ezeli: "No, it just happened. That’s why I love having Andre (Andre Iguodala) out there. He’s just so smart and figures everything out. He was by far our best player out there tonight. Four assists, no turnovers he made his shots and he defended. He was fantastic. Steph (Stephen Curry) shot it well, but had six turnovers – way too many. We are trying to find the combinations that work for us, but it’s not just about combinations it’s about habits and being purposeful with what we are doing."

On Festus Ezeli coming back into the game: "He got a cramp. None of us knew what had happened and he said he cramped his calf just because he hasn’t played in so long and had to work it out before we got him back out here."

On Festus Ezeli's minute limit: "zWe had him on a 12 minute limit and he played 11:05 I guess. We didn’t want to play him longer than a four minute stretch each time – I guess he had three stints of four minutes or so. It worked out pretty well. It’s his birthday today too. A good birthday present."

Festus Ezeli

On getting a good start to the game: "I said I didn’t want my first thing to be a bad thing, like an air ball or something. So, I just needed to have something to go on whether it was a layup or blocked shot, rebound, then I’d be good. It’s been a little while so it was a good way to get started. It felt like I never left because that’s what I do. I feel like I did a pretty good job but there’s still room to grow."

On hearing the crowd again: "It feels good. Watching for the past year, that didn’t feel so good, but I was glad my teammates were winning. But now I’m glad I can be back and finally help in any way that I can help fit in."

On why he was nervous: "Nervous because it was my first time playing in a long time, nervous because it was at home, nervous because it was my birthday, my family was here, it was a lot of things. Overall I was excited to be back and it’s been so long since I’ve been out here with my teammates and it felt pretty good."

Justin Holiday

On chances of making the team: "I think I have a good chance, just like the rest of the rookies. We’ve all been playing hard, we’re making it hard on Coach Kerr. So, of course I have to think I have a chance, there would be no use in me coming out here if I didn’t."

On playing at home for the first time: "I was actually really excited. I know about the Warriors, the fans and things like that, so I was just excited to get out here. It was great."

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