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It is still early in this 2014-15 season and the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors have only matched up once in an official game, but it’s starting to look like the Warriors have a distinct advantage over the Clippers after their dominant 121-104 victory on Wednesday night in Oakland.
The Warriors also faced the Clippers twice in preseason with similar results, winning by a margin of 18 points in both games.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers also feels that the Warriors have their number.
“They are a better team right now and by a lot.” Rivers said after the game.
It was the usual suspects for the Warriors: Steph Curry led all in scoring with 28 points including 4 for 8 from 3, Klay Thompson finished with 19 points, hitting 3 of 4 from deep and even Draymond Green got in the act, hitting 4 for 8 from the 3-point line and finishing with a career high 24 points on the night.
In total, the Warriors shot 15 for 25 from the 3 point line and 58 percent from the field. The Clippers didn’t shoot poorly from the field, finishing 46.3 percent and 7 for 19 from deep, but when your opposition is scorching the nets its hard to keep up, which they did not on the night as the Warriors led for the majority of the game and at one point by as many as 29 points.
Blake Griffin who is 5th in the league in scoring finished with a 14 points and only 1 rebound which is a poor night for him. Chris Paul scored 15 points and dished out 12 assists with only 2 turnovers on the night. The Clippers were led in the scoring department by Jamal Crawford who came off the bench to put in 24 on the night.
The Clippers continue to get little production out of the starting small forward spot; Matt Barnes played 20 minutes and scored 2 points in 20 minutes.
The loss puts the Clippers record at 3-2 and drops them to a tie for the 8th spot in the Western Conference with the Sacramento Kings.
Up next for the Clippers are the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday at Staples Center.