Curry scores season-high 45 points, Warriors beat Clippers
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 07, 2018 07:18 AM
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, dribbles around Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Behind Curry's 45 points, the Warriors won 121-105. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
By Tim Liotta, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steph Curry scored a season-high 45 points without playing the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors ran away from the Los Angeles Clippers 121-105 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) for their fourth straight victory.
Curry took advantage of the guard-depleted Clippers, making 11-of-21 shots, including 8-of-16 three-pointers, going against rookie Juwan Evans and G-League call-up Tyrone Wallace.
The Clippers’ Blake Griffin suffered a concussion late in the first quarter when he stumbled driving into the lane from the right wing and hit his head on JaVale McGee’s right elbow. Griffin fell to the floor immediately, and remained down for several minutes as team physicians tended to him. He walked off under his own power and went to the locker room.
Nick Young and JaVale McGee each scored 11 points, and Klay Thompson and David West added 10 apiece for Golden State, playing with Kevin Durant sidelined by a right calf strain. The Warriors improved to 17-2 since Nov. 27 (Nov. 28, PHL time).
Lou Williams scored 23 points, and DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers. They lost their 12th straight to the Warriors, dating to Dec. 25, 2014.
Tyrone Wallace, signed Friday (Saturday, PHL time), added 13 points in his first game for Los Angeles.
With score tied 50-50 with 3:30 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 23-9 run, capping the stretch with Curry hitting a three-pointer with 8:41 left in a third quarter.
Golden State went up 103-73 on McGee’s dunk with 55 seconds in a quarter that would see the Warriors outscore on the Clippers 39-22 for a 103-76 lead with 12 minutes to play.
Warriors: The Warriors won their 10th straight road game, improving their road record to 17-3. Thompson hit a three-pointer with 1:06 left in the second quarter, extending his streak of games with a made three-pointer to 94, the longest active run. F Andre Iguodala started for the third time this season.
Clippers: F Sam Dekker made his first start of the season. In the first two starts, rookie Juwan Evans has drawn the assignment of guarding Russell Westbrook two nights ago and Steph Curry this afternoon.
CHANGING OF THE GUARDS
With guards Austin Rivers (right ankle) and Milos Teodosic (sore plantar fasciitis) out with injuries, the Clippers were forced to waive F Jamil Wilson, who had started 10 games and averaged 7.0 points on 46 percent shooting, on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). In Wilson’s place, G Tyrone Wallace was singed a two-way contract.
“We don’t have enough guards,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “When Milos went out the other night, we didn’t have enough players to playa the game. I don’t know if I’ve ever had to cut a guy because we don’t have enough guys at a position. That’s what we had to do. It’s a tough one.”
After dramatic victories in back-to-back games over Dallas and Houston, Warriors coach Steve Kerr worried about how the Warriors would react to the game’s 12:30 p.m. starting time.
“It’s a genuine concern,” Kerr said. “Particularly because it was a unique back-to-back in Dallas, with travel back from Houston. We had a lot of flying, a couple of late nights in a row, and then an early start. This has a very different feel for a game.”
Warriors: At Milwaukee on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Clippers: Host Atlanta on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).