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Blake Griffin suffers head injury in 121-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors

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LOS ANGELES — After a season-high four-game winning streak heading into Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers have now dropped two straight after Saturday’s 121-105 loss at home to the Golden State Warriors.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry finished with 45 points, including 8-of-16 from beyond the arc, in just three quarters of play as a 29-point second half helped put the game out of reach. The Clippers’ starting five finished with just two more points (47) than Curry. 

“I just knew right away when I got free for a couple of threes in the first quarter, and when they went down I started to get a rhythm, but beyond that you just keep your head down and keep shooting, keep being aggressive, and that’s really it,” Curry said of his performance. “There’s no thought process, but you know when your shot is feeling better than other nights, just play and have fun.”

In four games since returning to the lineup, Curry has 144 points on 77 shots.

Blake Griffin took a bit of tumble when he collided with a JaVale McGee elbow to the head on a drive the basket, falling to the floor with what clearly looked like a brain injury. He was alert and able to move on his own, though, and left the court with some help from staff.

The injury happened with about two minutes left remaining in the first quarter and Griffin didn’t return to action afterwards.

“Blake [Griffin]’s a pretty tough guy, he should be okay, but we definitely want him to be precautious and do whatever he needs to do to be ready to play, and we want him to be healthy as well,” DeAndre Jordan said.  “I didn’t really see too much of it, I saw the replay. He took a pretty good hit and we’re just hoping he gets healthy fast.”

Lou Williams continued to lead the way for the Clippers scoring-wise, finishing with 23 points off the bench. He remains the league leader in points off the bench (21.8).

Kevin Durant missed his second-straight game with a right calf strain. 

“The whole game, other than Steph’s [Curry] performance, was a pretty bad basketball game all around,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “Obviously they are unbelievably banged up already, then Blake [Griffin] gets hurt and there wasn’t very much energy in the building. We had a big third quarter, which is what we want, and at halftime we talked about let’s break free and make sure we go out there and play. The third quarter stretch was important for us but this was mainly about Steph tonight.”

The Clippers host the Atlanta Hawks Monday night. 

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.
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