Clippers stay on pace, beat Golden State
The Los Angeles Clippers stayed on pace to hold on to their number four seed and make a push to get the number three seed on Saturday when they beat the Golden State Warriors at home 112-104.
The Warriors had won two out of the first three matchups this season, but on this afternoon the Clippers had just too much firepower.
Their five players in double figures were led by point guard Chris Paul’s 28 points and 13 assists, as he shot 12-17 from the field with 3 steals.
“Sky’s the limit,” all-star Paul said after the game. “When we play the way we are capable of, we’ve already beaten some of the best teams in the league. We’ve just got to keep working.”
Forward Blake Griffin finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds, and big man DeAndre Jordan finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won 3 games in a row and are one game behind their rival Los Angeles Lakers for the number three seed in the playoffs.
“We missed a lot of free throws,” Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. “They made a lot of 3-pointers. However, this game goes in the left-hand column as a win, which is the most important thing.”
The Warriors shot a whopping 48 percent from the three point line, making 15 out of their 31 attempts. After getting down big in the first quarter, their three-point shooting bailed them out and then carried them the rest of the way.
Emerging forward Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 24 points and 4 steals, shooting 9-17 from the field.
The Warriors’ season is pretty much over, as they have been eliminated from the playoffs, as the Clippers continue to push for a higher seeding.
The Clippers’ next game will be a big one, when they play Oklahoma City Monday night at home. The Warriors play that same night at home versus San Antonio.