A day filled with plenty of emotion and drama around the NBA ended in disappointing fashion for the Golden State Warriors, who suffered a 113-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5, falling behind in the series 3-2.
Any trace of the Warriors’ dominating performance in Game 4 could not be found in their play tonight. They were sloppy, committed too many turnovers, and let DeAndre Jordan go off to the tune of a game-high 25 points and 18 rebounds. The loss of Andrew Bogut has more than taken its toll on the Warriors in this series, as the Clippers big men have just had their way inside.
The Clippers jumped out to an early 21-14 lead in the first quarter, and with the exception of once in the third quarter, never relinquished the lead. The Warriors kept it close all game, managing to stay in it. A quick burst by Stephen Curry put the Warriors in front 70-69 with 1:49 left in the third quarter, but Chris Paul responded with a three to give the Clippers the lead right back. Paul hit another three to end the third quarter, giving the Clippers a 77-72 lead heading into the fourth, where they would pull away.
Both teams shot the ball at relatively the same percentage, but the Clippers were much more physical than the Warriors, shooting 22 more free throws. That, more or less, was the difference in the game.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 47.1% (40-85)
- Three-point percentage: 38.5% (10-26)
- Rebounds: 42
- Assists: 24
- Turnovers: 13
- Bench points: 19
- Field-goal percentage: 48.7% (37-76)
- Three-point percentage: 40.0% (8-20)
- Rebounds: 41
- Assists: 20
- Turnovers: 12
- Bench points: 36
Good to Know
Last 3 players w/ 25 points/18 rebounds in playoffs vs. GSW, all on April 29: DeAndre Jordan (’14), Charles Barkley (’94), Karl Malone (’89)
— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 30, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors now face a win-or-go-home situation, with Game 6 coming up on Thursday.
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