Rapid Reaction: Clippers 111, Warriors 98
March, 12, 2014
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin has reached plenty of milestones during his first four seasons in the NBA.
He reached another one on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors, 111-98. Griffin joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Charles Barkley as the only players to have accumulated 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists while shooting at least 50 percent from the field.
"Wow, that's impressive," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I played against Kareem and Charles, and they are completely different. If three guys could be more different those three ... there is not anything that is similar about any of them. Which is amazing and it's another lesson that you can get things and do things similar in different ways."
Griffin had 30 points and 15 rebounds on the night, his franchise-best 24th straight game scoring at least 20 points. On the season, he is averaging a career-best 24.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
"It just tells you how great Blake is," Rivers said. "He's awful young to be reaching milestones."
How it happened: The Warriors controlled the game from the end of the second quarter to the end of the third quarter before the Clippers finally reclaimed the lead after a 15-3 run to end the third quarter. A couple of big put-back dunks by Griffin and DeAndre Jordan helped the Clippers control the momentum and the lead in the fourth quarter as the Clippers were able to hold on for the win.
What it means: The Clippers have won a season-high nine straight games, the longest active winning streak in the league. They also took a five-game lead over the Warriors in the Pacific Division and tied the season series at two games apiece. The win also increases their lead over the Houston Rockets for the third seed by a full game and gives them a 3½ game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Clippers are only three games behind the top seed in the West and two games behind the No. 2 seed.
Hits: Aside from Griffin's performance, Chris Paul had 16 points and 12 assists, and Danny Granger came off the bench to score 18 points with six rebounds. Granger made his first six shots from the field. Willie Green also had 13 points off the bench.
Misses: Not many misses on the night although the Clippers would like to get Glen "Big Baby" Davis more involved heading into the playoffs. He had only two points on 1-of-3 shooting in 14 minutes off the bench.
Stat of the game: The Clippers had 19 second-chance points compared to only three for the Warriors. L.A. also had 21 fast-break points compared to only 15 for Golden State.
Up next: The Clippers are off Thursday before traveling to Salt Lake City to play the Utah Jazz. The Clippers won their first two games against the Jazz and their most recent encounter, 102-87, in Los Angeles.