Curry, Warriors wallop Clippers
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[October 31, 2017]
LOS ANGELES -- The Golden State
Warriors used the challenge of a road game against one of the better
defensive teams in the NBA to hit the reset button.
Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Kevin Durant added 19 on Monday
as the Warriors cruised past the Los Angeles Clippers 141-113 a day
after falling at home to the Detroit Pistons.
The end of October used to be the traditional start to the NBA
season, so Warriors coach Steve Kerr simply acted as if he were back
in his playing days when he spoke to his team.
"That looked like us," Kerr said, finding the proper time for
motivation after his team lost three of its first seven games. "I
told the guys that tomorrow is Halloween, which means that tonight
was opening night. Training camp is over, so we're back to being
There was plenty of Warriors familiarity in this one, like the fact
that it was Golden State's 11th consecutive victory over its Western
Conference rival, with the Clippers last winning in the series on
Christmas Day 2014.
Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points for the Clippers (4-2), while Lou
Williams added 17 and Blake Griffin had 16. DeAndre Jordan scored 10
points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Los Angeles.
The Clippers took their second consecutive defeat after opening the
season 4-0. They lost to the Pistons a day before the Warriors did.
Both the Clippers' and the Warriors' defeats against Detroit looked
similar. They were both tight battles until the Pistons pulled away
in the final quarter. It suggested that the Monday battle between a
pair of teams with something to prove could be entertaining. The
Warriors quickly made sure the home crowd would not be entertained.
After a competitive first quarter, Golden State (5-3) built a
17-point lead at halftime and was barely threatened. The Clippers
cut the lead to single digits multiple times in the third quarter,
but the Warriors pulled away with ease.
"We always have confidence going into every game that we will play
our best, and so far this season that hasn't happened," Curry said.
"Tonight, I think our defensive effort got us to where we wanted to
be, and we kind of controlled the game from the start. We took care
of the basketball for the most part."
After the game, Kerr might have been talking in jest about
Halloween, but before it, he laid out a task for his players.
"He gave us a challenge to kind of win the possession and the
field-goal-attempt game tonight, however we can get that done,"
Curry said. "I think in the first half we were pretty solid and we
got to the free-throw line more. We played Warriors basketball, and
now we have to sustain it."
The Warriors once again showed how adept they are at sharing the
ball. They had 37 assists to the Clippers' 21, with three players --
Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green -- recording six assists
each, while Andre Iguodala had five.
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Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) moves to the basket against the
defense of Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) and forward
Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second half at Staples Center.
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"We've had the highest rate of offensive efficiency, but our defense
and our turnovers have been kind of our Achilles' heel so far,"
Curry said. "Scoring the ball hasn't been a problem. It's just the
other things we need to do to be a well-rounded team and the team we
expect to be."
Green added 16 points and nine rebounds while Thompson contributed
15 points and five boards. JaVale McGee came off the Warriors' bench
to score 10 points.
"(The Warriors) do a good job of moving the ball, but we knew that
going into the game," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "It's funny,
it's rare when you look at the box score and have 113 points
offensively and think, 'We didn't play good offense tonight.' I
thought it was night and day watching the difference in (ball)
Curry was 7-for-11 from 3-point range, including one at the
third-quarter buzzer when he raced down court and pulled up at the
top of the arc.
Golden State hit 14 of 29 3-points attempts (48.3 percent), while
Los Angeles shot 10 of 25 (40 percent) from long range.
"We need to be better defensively," Griffin said. "We gave up too
many easy baskets. They ran their offense and got open shots and
layups. They pushed in transition. I think the transition points at
halftime were 18-4, which is never a good thing."
NOTES: Clippers F Blake Griffin made two 3-pointers Monday and now
has multiple 3-pointers in six consecutive games, the longest such
streak of his career. ... Los Angeles G Austin Rivers scored just
five points as a starter Monday after entering the game averaging
17.3 points per game in his first three contests as a starter. ...
Warriors F Kevin Durant saw his streak of consecutive 20-point games
to start the season end at seven after scoring 19 on Monday. ...
Warriors G Klay Thompson made just one 3-pointer, but it was enough
to extend his 3-pointer streak to 62 games, currently the longest
active run in the NBA.
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