Clippers 19-14-18-24 75
Warriors 35-36-31-18 120
With the Golden State Warriors still having some wrinkles to work out, their preseason game against the L.A. Clippers was expected to be competitive. Instead, Steve Kerr’s team got going early and scored 71 first half points on their way to the 120-75 victory. Golden State led by 51 points at the end of three quarters, with Klay Thompson scoring 30 points, Kevin Durant 21 and Stephen Curry 14. With the exception of guard Elliot Williams, every Warrior that played managed to score. Marreese Speights led the Clippers with 14 points, and Alan Anderson added ten off the bench.
First Quarter: Warriors Hot From the Start
After getting off to a slow start in their preseason opener Golden State had no such issues against the Clippers, leading by as much as 18 in the first quarter. Stephen Curry found Kevin Durant for the first three points of the game, and Steve Kerr’s team displayed better cohesion and chemistry on the offensive end of the floor. Klay Thompson scored 12 points to lead the way, with Draymond Green adding eight and Durant seven. The Clippers couldn’t close the margin but they kept it from getting any worse, with Marreese Speights scoring ten points off the bench.
Second Quarter: Warriors Continue to Roll
Things got even worse for the Clippers in the second quarter, as they were outscored 36-14 and trailed by a staggering 38 points at the half. Thompson and Durant combined to score 42 points in the first half, outscoring L.A. by nine points by themselves. Thompson, who scored 16 in the first half Saturday, scored 24 points and Durant added 18 with a more efficient outing than the one he produced against the Raptors. Speights, Raymond Felton (seven points) and Blake Griffin (six) were responsible for 23 of the Clippers’ 33 first half points.
Third Quarter: Things Get Even Worse for the Clippers
About the only positive for Doc Rivers’ team through three quarters is that no one went down with an injury. Golden State outscored L.A. 31-18 in the third, with their main weapons playing most of the quarter due to the need for on-court time (in games) to continue to build their chemistry. Thompson scored six points in the quarter to move his tally to 30 on the night, with Durant up to 21 points and Stephen Curry 14. Alan Anderson led the Clippers with eight points in the quarter.
Fourth Quarter: Clippers Reserves Outscore Warriors Reserves
Both teams rested many of their key players in the fourth quarter, with there really being no need for either team to risk losing someone due to injury. L.A. outscored Golden State 24-18 in the fourth quarter, with guard Xavier Munford scoring eight points in eight minutes of play. For the Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw, who played well against Toronto Saturday, scored seven points and Cameron Jones six.