Wednesday night’s matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers was everything it was expected to be. The Warriors had a two-point lead at halftime, but the Clippers pulled away in the second half behind a team effort led by Blake Griffin’s 30 points and 15 rebounds to win 111-98. Seven Clippers, including all five starters, scored in double-figures.
Danny Granger, the team’s newest addition, finished with a season-high 18 points. It was his highest-scoring game since April 19, 2012.
Granger had it going from the very beginning, scoring 14 of his 18 in the first quarter.
“I’ve just been doing it for a long time,” Granger said. “When I get into a zone, they all just go in. I think I played 18 minutes straight. Probably longest stretch of season.”
After a first half in which the Warriors were the aggressor, shooting 7-14 from beyond the arc, the Clippers stepped up defensively in the second half. They held the Warriors to just 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Lawler’s Law came into effect with 3:53 remaining (101-91) after a series of solid defensive stops by the Clippers, highlighted by a DeAndre Jordan block of David Lee that led to a Darren Collison jumper at the other end.
“It was a good mental win for us,” coach Doc Rivers said in the post-game press conference, available after the game on Fox Sports. “It was one of those games where you had to keep fighting. I don’t know if we win this [game] earlier in the year.”
Matt Barnes continued his consistent play of late, scoring in double-figures in every game since the All-Star break.
Chris Paul, who finished with 16 points (5-15), 12 assists and 8 rebounds, stuck around after the game to work on his shooting. Although he was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double, Paul was seen practicing three-pointers on the court once everyone else had left. He was 1-3 from the three-point line.
“I’m going to go get DC [Darren Collison] and tell him to go out there with him, ” Rivers said jokingly when asked about Paul’s post-game practice session.
Blake Griffin became just the third player in NBA history to eclipse 6,000 points, 3, 000 rebounds and 1,000 assists while shooting 50 percent field goals.
The Clippers’ ninth straight win is their second-longest winning streak in franchise history (17). The Clippers look for their 10th straight win Friday against the Utah Jazz.
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