Heading into Wednesday night’s game, the Warriors were looking to build on their five-game winning streak against a possible playoff opponent in the LA Clippers. These teams have had history, including a Christmas day scuffle that saw Blake Griffin ejected following after a dust up with both Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut. It safe to say these teams don’t like each other very much, and look forward to the competition.
Unfortunately for Golden State, the Clippers bested them in LA 111-98 after the Dubs failed to execute down the stretch. The Warriors (41-25) played solidly for three and a half quarters but ultimately fell short as turnovers and defensive lapses plagued the last six minutes of the game. For the Clippers (46-20), this win puts them solidly five games ahead of the Warriors in the Pacific division, making a jump to the three-seed very unlikely for Golden State.
The Warriors starting unit played well enough to win the game, but the recently buoyed bench unit had likely their worst game in the Steve Blake era, combining for 20 points on only three field goals out of 25 attempts.
“We played a pretty solid game all the way the through, I don’t think fatigue had anything to do with it, just didn’t make the right plays down the stretch,” said Steph Curry after the game. “We played pretty well and fought hard, we’ll be alright.”
Although this is certainly a game the Warriors would have liked to win in regards to the standings as well as their personal grudge towards this Clipper team, ultimately this is a game that the home team of a playoff tested squad like LA is expected to win. Wednesday’s contest evened the season series at two games apiece, with the home team winning each game.
Klay Thompson remarked, “It’s a battle every time we play each other. We’re both on the ascension I feel like. It’s a battle, and we love playing them.”
The Warriors will look to rebound and continue to gain position on Portland in the ever competitive Western Conference standings on Friday in against Cleveland at Oracle Arena.