Warriors Struggle in Christmas Night Defeat
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Warriors Struggle in Christmas Night Defeat

Fourth Quarter Cold Spell Concludes 0-2 Staples Center Road Trip
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Unlike that gift from your aunt, the Warriors won’t be able to take this one back. The Dubs failed to take advantage of cold Clippers shooting in the first half and then went equally cold themselves in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s 100-86 Christmas night loss in Los Angeles.

Klay Thompson led six Warriors players in double figures with 15 points, Stephen Curry added 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and both Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green posted double-doubles, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Warriors from dropping their second straight game.

The third Christmas night matchup in the last four seasons between these two teams started out with the home team struggling. The Warriors held the Clippers to one for their first 17 from the field and built a 10-point advantage in the first period, but the Dubs couldn’t sustain the momentum. The Clippers, who out-scored the Dubs 8-0 on free throws in the quarter, tied the game at 18-18 before Barnes put the Warriors back in front the Dubs’ final possession of the quarter.

Warriors Fall to Clippers 100-86

The Warriors lose to the Clippers 100-86 on Christmas night in Los Angeles.

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Warriors Fall to Clippers 100-86

The Warriors lose to the Clippers 100-86 on Christmas night in Los Angeles.
Dec 25, 2014  |  01:30

Curry to Speights

Marreese Speights takes the pass and finishes with a powerful slam.
Dec 24, 2014  |  00:00

Iguodala's Big Slam

Andre Iguodala drives to the basket and finishes with a tremendous slam.
Dec 24, 2014  |  00:00

Barnes And-One

Harrison Barnes gets fouled and sinks a tough shot during the first quarter.
Dec 24, 2014  |  00:00

Steph to David

David Lee catches a nice pass and finishes with authority.
Dec 25, 2014  |  00:00

Warriors vs. Clippers

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combine for 40 points as the Clippers drop the Warriors in southern California.
Dec 24, 2014  |  00:00

The Clippers continued to struggle from the field in the second quarter and shot a season-low 27.7 percent in the first half. The Warriors, however, weren’t much better on the offensive end. With just 42 points, it was their lowest scoring first half of the season. And after by leading by as many as 11 points, the Dubs gave up a 9-0 run to close out the half and it was just a one-point Warriors advantage at the break.

The game opened up in the third quarter and both teams were able to put up points in bunches. The Dubs shot 61 percent from the field in the period, but couldn’t sustain a game-changing run. With the Clippers double teaming Curry, the Warriors guard was limited to just two shots in the period, but did begin to pile up the assists with five in the period. But with four threes in the period, the Clippers out-scored the Warriors by four in the period and took a 73-70 advantage into the fourth quarter.

A layup from Barnes brought the Warriors within one early in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as the Dubs would get. Golden State shot just 5-for-22 from the field in the final period and went nearly seven minutes without a made field goal. The Clippers, meanwhile, certainly took advantage and put the game away with a 19-3 run during the Warriors drought.

The loss closed out a disappointing 0-2 Staples Center road trip for the Warriors, who still own an NBA best 23-5 record. Now losers of consecutive games for just the second time this season, the Dubs will look to regain their winning ways when they open a six-game homestand on Saturday night against the Timberwolves.


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