Thursday, January 30, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Warriors 111, Clippers 92
By Arash Markazi
The Los Angeles Clippers played nine games in nine cities over past two weeks and, despite playing at home Wednesday, finished off what coach Doc Rivers called a "nine-game road trip" Thursday night with a 111-92 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
It was a game void of the fights, technicals and ejections that marred their Christmas Day meeting, but the result was still the same for the Clippers.
How it happened: The Clippers never led as the Warriors jumped out to an 11-point lead in the first quarter, stretched it to 19 in the second and then 23 in the third. The Clippers mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, but it would not be enough.
What it means: After another tough loss to a good team on the second night of a back-to-back set, the Clippers return to Los Angeles to play six of their next seven games at home. They remain within two games of the second seed in the Western Conference and still have a 3½-game lead atop the Pacific Division.
Misses:Jamal Crawford, who had been averaging more than 20 points off the bench this month, had just nine points on 1-of-9 shooting Thursday and missed all four of his 3-point attempts.
Stat of the game: The Warriors destroyed the Clippers in the paint, outscoring them 66-22.
Up next: The Clippers return home to play the Utah Jazz, who have won two straight but are 16-29 on the season. The Clippers beat the Jazz 98-90 when the teams last met, last month at Staples Center. Griffin scored 40 points in that game.