This is what the Warriors have done for the past couple of seasons, hitting teams with demoralizing quarters of flawless basketball. And in that stretch, the Warriors outscored the Clippers, 26-15, en route to a 50-point quarter (the first in two seasons and the third since the turn of the millennium) and another harsh slapdown of what used to be known as the Warriors-Clippers Cavalcade Of Hate, this time 123-113.
In all fairness to the Los Angeles Clippers, they made the Warriors work for the first half and the Warriors came out playing like they were still on the break. Foster, who no matter what you say is one of the elite officials in the league, has also been cast as a bête noire by all things Golden State. Golden State got the Clippers in transition and exposed them in the open floor.
From that point on, the Warriors did what they do to these Clippers: They stepped on their throats.
The Warriors have defeated the Clippers 10 consecutive times overall. Their 2nd unit exploded and led the Clippers on a 16-0 run to take a (34-31) lead.
Curry led the way with 20 of those points in the third quarter, giving him 35 for the game entering the fourth. Golden State committed 12 turnovers in the 1st half. Which makes the casual ease in which Golden State turned a 12-point half-time deficit into a 12-point fourth quarter lead all the harder to swallow.
Whether the Clippers play one half or no halves, one quarter or three quarters, the result is the same: They simply can't hang with the Warriors. The Warriors' previous high for points in a quarter was 45, also against the Clippers, on January 28.
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This deal doesn't shift the landscape in the Western Conference, or help the Rockets match up differently with Golden State. When Harden sits, the offensive rating for the Rockets drops to 105, a good mark for some teams but paltry for Houston.
Congratulations to Steph Curry, the Warriors, and even the New York Knicks, who got another team - albeit for one night - to join them in the sewer.
LA- Austin Rivers 19 points 4/9 on three's.
After the Clippers took a 144-98 beating in their last visit to Oracle Arena on January 28, they controlled the game for the first two quarters.
Pachulia had three blocked shots in five minutes of the first quarter and finished with a career-best four.
There have been encouraging signs for the Clippers, with Griffin looking his best in two seasons, averaging 23.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists in the 10 games since his return from injury.