Splash Brothers Combine For 65, Warriors Rout Clippers For Win No 64
The Splash Brothers – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson – combined for 65 points as Golden State Warriors routed the Los Angeles Clippers 114-98 Wednesday night. With the win, the 64-7 Warriors now need to win 9 of their final 11 games to break 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72-10.Advertisement
In what was Warriors’ 51st consecutive home victory, Curry (33 points, 5 assists, 3 steals) and Thompson (32 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) combined to hit 11-21 from deep in yet another display from otherworldly marksmanship. Draymond Green had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.
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The Warriors were still without Andre Iguodala, last year’s Finals MVP, who continues to nurse an ankle injury. In some positive news, starting center Andrew Bogut returned and made an instant impact with 4 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks from just 20 minutes on the floor.
For the Clippers, Chris Paul had a forgettable shooting night, finishing with 13 points (4-16 FG, 1-6 3pt) and 8 assists. Center DeAndre Jordan led the team with 19 points, 20 rebounds and 2 blocks. Coming off the bench, Jeff Green and Austin Rivers contributed 13 and 16 points respectively.
Typically, Warriors-Clippers games are packed with a lot more intensity. With the season set to end in a few weeks, it felt like a dead rubber. That’s precisely why Curry, Green and coach Steve Kerr all used the word “weird” to describe this game.
“It was kind of a dead atmosphere in there and it didn’t seem to have the same energy of the rivalry. For whatever reason tonight didn’t have the same juice,” said Kerr, who prior to the game made it clear that Warriors were gunning for Chicago’s record.
“I’ve maintained all along we’re trying to get the 1 seed. That’s a really important deal for us. We’re not there yet,” Kerr said before the game. “That’s pretty enticing (to break Chicago’s record). It’s the players who are setting the record. It’s not the organization, so they will absolutely have some say in matters down the stretch in terms of how we approach everything.”
Will Warriors win 9 of their remaining 11 games? It boils down to how well the Splash Brothers perform for the rest of the season.