On a night when Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia, Shaun Livingston and David West never saw the floor, the Golden State Warriors took care of the Los Angeles Clippers 133-120, securing their ninth consecutive win over their Pacific Division rivals.
“We’ve got a deep team and all the guys fit into their roles and execute our game plan and our identity no matter who suits up,” Stephen Curry told the TNT broadcast after the win. “So, we’d rather be healthy [and] have everybody out there, but to have a showing like this on a back-to-back with so many guys out is a big night.”
Curry went for a game high 29 points as the Dubs earned their 12th win in the last 13 games and improved to 43-7 on the season. As a team, the Warriors shot 52.5 percent from the field.
“We’re unselfish and we know how to move without the ball and just find the open guy,” Curry explained. “It’s kind of contagious when the ball hops and everybody touches it and gets involved. Whoever has that shot, you like your chances of it going in.”
While the win wasn’t nearly as decisive as the 144-98 beating that the Warriors served up against the Clippers last Saturday night at Oracle Arena, the visitors were never seriously threatened during their trip to Staples Center.
With Green unable to play due to a left shoulder contusion, rookie Patrick McCaw drew the second start of his career, playing in the frontcourt alongside Kevin Durant. The eight-time All-Star forward came up two rebounds shy of a triple-double, finishing with 26 points, 10 assists and 8 boards.
McCaw handed out six dimes in his 28 minutes on the court, while JaVale McGee, who was making his second consecutive start in the place of Pachulia also impressed. McGee grabbed eight boards and went for 11 points in 15 minutes.
“JaVale was great,” head coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game. “He gave us good energy early [and he] got a couple of hoops, a couple of blocks. I thought he set a good tone.”
The makeshift group built up an 11-point advantage after the first quarter, led by 10 points heading into the break then pushed the lead to 17 at the end of three quarters.
After watching the advantage balloon to 21 points in the fourth, the Clippers made a late but futile push.
WIth 1:55 left on the clock, Jamal Crawford sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key to briefly cut the deficit to seven points. That’s when Durant and Klay Thompson responded with 3-balls to ice the win.
“Sometimes [on a] back-to-back the fatigue leads to bad defense,” Kerr said. “I didn’t think it was a particularly good defensive night for either team, but both teams are excellent offensively.”Golden State WarriorsKevin DurantLos Angeles ClippersNBAStephen Curry