March 12, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) moves the ball against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Play Clippers Tight, But Run Out of Gas Late in 111-98 Loss


For about three quarters, the Golden Sate Warriors hung with the Los Angeles Clippers and kept their hopes of winning the Pacific Division alive. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

For about three quarters, the Golden Sate Warriors hung with the Los Angeles Clippers and kept their hopes of winning the Pacific Division alive.

But the Clippers, having won eight straight, were just too much, pulling away from the Warriors in the end by the final score of 111-98 at Staples Center on Wednesday night.

The two teams matched up well in the first half, which featured a plethora of lead changes and high-level basketball. The Warriors took a 56-54 lead into halftime, and led 76-69 midway through the third quarter, but it all went downhill from there. The Clippers ended the quarter on a 15-3 run to take a five-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors went to their bench for the latter part of the third and the beginning of the fourth, and that cost them, as it allowed the Clippers to build up a lead. The Clippers ran away, outscoring the Warriors 27-19 in the fourth. Of course, it helped to have Blake Griffin, whose 30 points was a game-high, making highlight-reel plays that energized the Clipper fans and his teammates. Even without Jamal Crawford, the Clippers’ depth was too much for the Warriors, as Danny Granger and Willy Green both came off the bench and scored in double-digits.

While this was a winnable game for the Warriors, playing the second game of a back-to-back against an elite team on an absolute tear is no easy feat. Catching the Clippers is (and was) nothing but a pipe dream, and although the Warriors always seem to put up a good fight against them, there’s no denying that the Clippers are a better team.

Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 26 points. David Lee had 20, and Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala both finished with 13. Curry was not playing at 100 percent and sat out the last few minutes after taking a charge.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Field-goal percentage: 43.9% (36-82)
  • Three-point percentage: 38.1% (8-21)
  • Rebounds: 36
  • Assists: 27
  • Turnovers: 12
  • Bench points: 20

Clippers    

  • Field-goal percentage: 48.9% (43-88)
  • Three-point percentage: 44.4% (8-18)
  • Rebounds: 48
  • Assists: 23
  • Turnovers: 10
  • Bench points: 33

Tweet of the Night

Hey, the Warriors have won five of their last six games, and that one loss was to an elite team on the road on the back-end of a back-to-back, but let’s just blame Mark Jackson because there’s no other reason why they lost!

What’s on Tap

The Warriors will return home to take on the Cavaliers on Friday.

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