The Golden State Warriors is just one game under .500 after a 124-107 home win against Los Angeles Clippers. After, after Resting several appetizers In their final game of an East Coast road trip, the Warriors went home and looked like the championship favorites who were expected to go into the season. The Clippers entered play just half a game behind the Suns in the standings for best record in the Western Conference, though they were Without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Both teams kept things close in the first quarter. In his first playing time since then Anti-missile blastKlay Thompson picked up where he left off with a hot shooting start and scored 15 points in the first quarter. The Clippers did the damage with a more equal scoring approach, but trailed only 32-29 at the end of the quarter.
Steve Kerr added a new wrinkle to the Warriors’ second unit on Wednesday, putting Draymond Green in the mix with Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Anthony Lamb and Donte DiVincenzo. The Warriors bench has been bad all season on both ends of the floor. Kerr hoped that the combination of Green’s elite defensive ability along with his finesse at organizing offense would help open up the second unit.
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The Warriors really extended their lead with the Splash Brothers benched to start the second quarter. Wiggins scored 13 points in this period, while the Clippers were unable to build any offensive rhythm. When Curry got back on the floor, Golden State knocked the doors off the hinges and went into halftime with a 66-47 lead.
The Clippers briefly cut the lead to single digits in the third quarter, but the Warriors took an 11-4 lead to put themselves ahead 98-82 heading into the fourth. It looks like the game was in the bag, but the Dubs’ new second unit will have another chance to prove their worth.
Indeed, Green showed why it is the perfect antidote to the struggles of loneliness.
A pair of empty possessions to start the quarter allowed the Clippers to begin the transition. However, Green played great defense on a pair of shots on the edge. What was normally a 4-0 series against the Dubs’ soft defense was now a mere 0-0 exchange due to Green’s ability to miss fouls. Then, DiVincenzo got in three deep, and Green converted another stop into an easy bucket in the transition, and just like that, the Warriors had a 21-point lead and were cruising.
Wiggins cherry put the stellar overall performance to the fore, hitting a pair of dagger threes midway through the quarter that prompted both coaches to pull starters. Wiggins had a game (and season) high 31 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the field. He also has 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block with a +28 plus/minus,
Thompson cooled down after his burning first quarter but still finished with 18 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Curry had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists with just one turnover. Green added 9 points, 7 boards, 12 assists, 2 steals, and a block.
The Warriors didn’t have a double-digit scorer off the bench, and Jordan Paul battled mightily from the field, finishing 3-for-15. Still, DiVincenzo had perhaps his best overall performance of the season.
The Clippers did not accumulate 20 points, but they did have six players who finished in double digits. Marcus Morris Sr. drove the No. 19, while Norman Powell and Terrence Mann tied for second on the team with 17.
Defensively, the Warriors remain more error-prone than Kerr would like. Offensive firepower has overshadowed these issues in their recent wins, but Golden State still committed 23 errors against the Clippers while only tying 11. Those errors seemed to come more from defensive aggression than laziness, which wasn’t true early in the season.
The Warriors will get one day off before they try to get back to . 500 on Friday when they face off Utah Jazz 7:00 p.m. PST.