Instant Replay: Warriors bounce back in big way vs. Clippers

Instant Replay: Warriors bounce back in big way vs. Clippers
January 30, 2014, 10:00 pm
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With the win, the Warriors (28-19) trail the Suns (28-18) by a half game and the Clippers (33-16) by four games in the Pacific. (AP)

Programming note: Coverage of Warriors-Jazz begins Friday night at 7:00 on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area with Warriors Pregame Live. 


OAKLAND – Part III of the Warriors-Clippers four-act regular-season drama unfolded rather mildly on Thursday. No flame in the air or blood on the floor.

There might have been a few skid marks, however, as the Warriors raced off with a 111-92 victory before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry and David Lee each finished with 22 points to lead balanced scoring, as six Warriors finished in double figures. Klay Thompson finished with 18, Andrew Bogut with 16, Marreese Speights with 12 and Harrison Barnes with 10.

The Warriors never trailed. They started fast, endured a couple Clippers rallies and simply owned the game in the second half, taking full advantage of a team that had played Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The Warriors held the Clippers to 40.8 percent shooting and outrebounded them 53-34. Bogut grabbed 17, Lee 11 and Barnes eight.

In contrast to the previous two games this season, there were no fireworks or even flared tempers. It was a rather routine demolition for the Warriors.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with a game-high 27 points. Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan, the league's top rebounder, plucked a game-high 20.

The win gives the Warriors (28-19) a 2-1 lead in the season series, which concludes on March 12 at Staples Center.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: Bogut was massive, scoring and rebounding and defending the paint against a team that likes nothing more than to soar over the top for dunks. He anchored a defense that forced Griffin into a lot of jump shots and rendered Jordan a non-factor on offense.

TURNING POINT: Leading 64-56 at the half, the Warriors opened the third quarter with a 16-2 run, taking an 80-58 lead with 5:48 left in the third quarter.

The Clippers missed their first nine field-goal attempts and shot only 6.7 percent (1-for-15) for the quarter. The Warriors dominated the glass in the quarter, snagging 20 rebounds to six for Los Angeles.

INJURY UPDATE: Jermaine O'Neal (right wrist surgery) remains out, but coach Mark Jackson said Thursday ``he's not far away'' from returning. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring injury) are out indefinitely.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors left immediately after the game for Salt Lake City, as they face on Jazz on Friday night at the Energy Solutions Arena. The teams have met twice this season, with the Warriors winning both games.

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