The Golden State Warriors attempted to put a strangle hold on the series by winning Game 2 at Staples against the Los Angeles Clippers, but they didn’t show up and played one of their worst games of the season.
The Clippers absolutely dismantled the Warriors in one of the worst playoff losses in franchise history, 138-98. The Clippers got off to a quick start, just like in Game 1, but this time they were able to sustain their energy and the Warriors were never able to recover.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 35 points and committed no fouls, a far cry from when Griffin fouled out in Game 1. Chris Paul controlled the pace of the game, getting everyone open shots in a game that was over at halftime. Paul ended up with 12 points, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing six rebounds.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 24 points, including a 20-point third quarter, reminding every one of how hot he can get from the field. Other than Curry, no one else contributed in the Game 2 loss.
The series shifts to Oracle Arena on Thursday night with the Warriors looking to take control of the series. The keys to victory will be to contain Griffin by getting him in foul trouble and getting huge games from Curry and his fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson. The Warriors will look to use their home court advantage and the best fans in the NBA to create a raucous environment the Clippers have never seen.
The Warriors have won their last six games at home in the first round of the playoffs and have beat the Clippers five consecutive times and 15 of the last 17 at Oracle. Golden State will look for more of the same on Thursday and take control of this series.
Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST
Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
TV: CSN Bay Area/ TNT
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