On a night when Stephen Curry spent the fourth quarter resting on the bench, the two-time MVP dropped 31 points on the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors toppled their Pacific Division neighbors for the 11th time in as many games.
In the 141-113 rout, Curry hit a season-high seven triples, while producing his third 30-point outing of the year.
“Training camp’s over,” head coach Steve Kerr joked to reporters after the beatdown. “Now we’re back to being us.”
While Curry shouldered the lion’s share of the scoring amid the 141-point barrage — the highest-output for any NBA team this season — Draymond Green delivered a vintage performance, stuffing the box score.
The Dubs defensive general tallied 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block while holding Blake Griffin to 4-of-10 shooting from the field.
Green’s six assists were tied with Curry’s half dozen for a team high, as the Warriors dished out 37 dimes as a group — also an NBA best in 2017.
“I think we played our brand of basketball, which is great,” Green told the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast. “It was good to finally put a game together.”
A night after committing 25 turnovers in a loss to the Detroit Pistons, the Warriors commanded a 74-57 lead at the break. That early burst, the club’s highest-scoring half of the season, featured just four turnovers.
“I talk all the time about just hitting singles,” Kerr said. “We have so many playmakers on our team. It’s what makes us unique, I think. We’ve got playmakers and passers at every position, and so the whole key is just keep hitting singles.”
The Warriors gave the ball away 12 times.
“Scoring the ball hasn’t been a problem,” Curry explained. “It’s just the other things that we need to do to be a well rounded and the team that we expect to be. So, tonight was kind of a mix of both.”
Backup point guard Shaun scored eight points, dished three assists and grabbed three rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. The reserve also finished with a plus-minus of +26, which was the game high.
Return of the rookie
Jordan Bell, who returned to the squad after back-to-back games on the inactive list, scored eight points and posted a plus-minus of +10 in 12 minutes.
Bell, who famously delivered an off-the-backboard alley oop to himself last week, authored yet another monster dunk. Just inside the midway point in the fourth, Bell collected a rebound from a missed Nick Young 3-point attempt and thundered home a one-handed slam.
Club to decline Looney’s option, pick up Jones’
The Warriors are set to decline Kevon Looney’s fourth-year option and pick up Damian Jones’ third-year option, according to multiple reports.
With the Warriors already in the luxury tax, Looney is set to lose his roster spot to a player who can be signed for a minimum salary.