Second-half woes doom Warriors in Toronto

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Second-half woes doom Warriors in Toronto

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Raptors 83, Warriors 75Player of the game: Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 25 points on 9-for-16 from the field.

Key stretch: With the Warriors down four with two minutes remaining, the forced a turnover out of Jose Calderon, which led to a Nate Robinson fastbreak.But Robinson failed to convert the layup not quite uncontested but more than makeable and Leandro Barbosa hit a 3-pointer at the other end to put Toronto up 78-71 with 1:55 left.Second-half woes: The Warriors scored just 28 points in the second half, and a good chunk of the reason was because they didnt really look to run.At the end of the day, turning the ball over hurt us, Jackson said. We get one fastbreak point. We should be running off our stops, taking care of the ball, and we didnt do any of that. This one stings.Miserable third: Things went smoothly in the first half for Warriors as they took a 47-38 lead. But the third quarter was a nightmare. Golden State shot just 5-for-22 from the field in the third quarter and scored only 11 points.That brutal period allowed the Raptors to rally and take a 60-58 lead going into the fourth quarter.Thats four games in a row where weve had bad third quarters, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. We talked about it at halftime and once again got thoroughl outplayed. We did not executive offensively and gave them hope.Ellis grinding: Ellis struggled from the field in the first half, but he was doing other things noticeably passing to help the Warriors. Ellis missed seven of his nine first-half shots, but he found teammates six times for assists.Wright slumping: To say small forward Dorell Wright is in a shooting slump would be a little bit of an understatement. In his previous five games, Wright had made just 13-of-46 field goals, good for 28.2 percent from the floor.And it actually got worse in Toronto. Wright took nine shots during the first three quarter against the Raptors and made just one.

Lineup change: Jackson tinkered with his lineup on the fourth game of the trip, starting Udoh in place of Andris Biedrins at center. It was Udohs second start of the season.The Warriors also played without Stephen Curry, who missed his second game in a row. Curry has played just three seconds when Jackson used him as a decoy against Atlanta on Wednesday on this trip.Curry is listed as day-to-day with a strained tendon his right foot.

Instant Replay: Warriors score 50 in third, win 10th straight vs Clippers

Instant Replay: Warriors score 50 in third, win 10th straight vs Clippers

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OAKLAND -- Shaken by a languid and sloppy first half, the Warriors woke up after halftime and laid a 123-113 pasting on the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 35 points, including 20 in the pivotal third quarter, while Kevin Durant fired in 25 points and Klay Thompson tossed in 18.

The Warriors (48-9) finished off a four-game season-series sweep of the Clippers, extending their win overall streak over LA to 10 in a row, dating back to Christmas Day 2014. They’ve won the last 11 games played in Oakland.

Shooting 73.9 percent, the Warriors scored 50 points in the third quarter -- the first 50-point quarter in the NBA since the Lakers scored 51 against the Knicks on March 25, 2014 -- to fuel their comeback. They trailed by as much as 16.

Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford each scored 19 points to lead the Clippers (35-22), whose win streak ended at four.

The game featured several boisterous moments reminiscent of Warriors-Clippers battles of a few years ago. Officials called four technical fouls, three on the Warriors and one on the Clippers.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Though Durant was the triggerman for the comeback, scoring 11 points in an 83-second stretch early in the third quarter, Curry did most of the heavy damage, annihilating the Clippers with his outburst.

Curry’s line: 35 points (10-of-16 shooting from the field, including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, and 9-of-10 from the line), seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. He played 32 minutes and finished plus-26.

TURNING POINT

After a Rivers 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 66-54 lead with 9:24 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded by outscoring LA 45-21 over the remainder of the quarter and taking a 99-87 lead.

The Clippers got no closer than 10 in the fourth quarter, during which they trailed by as much as 23.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia (R rotator cuff strain) and C David West (L thumb fracture) were listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney were healthy inactives.

Clippers: G Chris Paul (L thumb ligament tear) and C Diamond Stone (L knee bone bruise) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Saturday night, when they face the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35.

Zaza returns to starting lineup, West available to play vs Clippers

Zaza returns to starting lineup, West available to play vs Clippers

OAKLAND -- For the first time in nearly four weeks, the Warriors will take the court Thursday night with their regular starting lineup.

Center Zaza Pachulia, out since Jan. 29 with a strained rotator cuff, was cleared to play and will return to his status as the starting center when the Warriors face the Clippers at Oracle Arena, coach Steve Kerr said in his pregame news conference.

Backup center David West, who has been out since Jan. 18 with a fractured thumb, also received clearance and will be available.

JaVale McGee, who performed well while starting eight games in place of Pachulia, will return to his normal role, playing spot minutes off the bench.

“I considered either way, but I think we had a good groove with Zaza as a starter,” Kerr said. “And JaVale was still making an impact when Zaza was starting, bringing him in midway through the first quarter. We hadn’t done it the other way.

“I’ve seen JaVale with our other group, later in the first quarter, and that worked well. So I figured I might as well go back to what’s already worked.”

While Pachulia was out, McGee averaged 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 16.5 minutes per game. Generating most of his offense on dunks off lobs, he is shooting 74.7 percent (71-of-95) over his last 22 games and 67.8 percent this season.

Pachulia, who has started 44 games, is averaging 5.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He is shooting 52.7 percent from the field.