Not a rivalry. Not even close.
The Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth consecutive time on Saturday, and this one was as emphatic as any of the previous seven. Golden State drilled LA 144-98, getting a splendid third-quarter performance from Stephen Curry, who crammed 25 of his game-high 43 points into that 12-minute stretch.
It seems like a lifetime ago when the Clippers eliminated the Warriors in the first round of the postseason. In fact, it was 2014, when Mark Jackson was the head coach, and ever since then Golden State has dominated the matchup.
–Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined for 82 points on 31-for-45 from the field, including a ridiculous 14-for-22 from beyond the arc. The Clippers were playing without point guard Chris Paul, and it might have been interesting to see if he could have done anything with Curry on this night.
–Curry finished 15-for-23 from the field, including 9-for-15 from 3-point range. He also chipped in with nine rebounds and six assists. Because Golden State was in total command, coach Steve Kerr was able to rest his starters for the entire fourth quarter. The Warriors play at Portland on Sunday.
–It’s fascinating to me that the the Clippers’ frontcourt of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin is a strength of their team. And yet that duo seldom gives the Warriors trouble. Jordan just doesn’t have the offensive game to hurt the Warriors consistently in the paint, and even when he does exert his size and athleticism you can neutralize him by fouling him.
As for Griffin, he finished with 20 points but he just wasn’t much of a factor. He was on the receiving end of a momentum play in the first half, getting blocked by Draymond Green at one end, then not getting back and allow Green to dunk at the other.