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Warriors 121, Clippers 104
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors shot 67.5 percent in a crowd-pleasing, first-half display that produced a 23-point lead, and they coasted home for a 121-104 blowout win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
The victory was the fourth straight to open the season for the Warriors, who improved upon the league-leading, plus-15.3 point differential they brought into the game.
Point guard Stephen Curry poured in 28 points and power forward Draymond Green added 24 to pace the Warriors, whose 4-0 start is just the fourth in franchise history and the first in 20 years.
Golden State dominated from the start in the rematch of last year’s seven-game Clippers triumph in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The home team has won eight regular-season matchups in a row in the series.
Curry contributed seven points to a 14-2 burst midway through the first quarter that produced the Warriors’ first double-figure lead, 21-11.
Playing their first game outside the Staples Center, the Clippers were within 38-29 in the second quarter before the Warriors buried eight of their next 11 shots, including four 3-pointers, in a 22-6 flurry.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson, the reigning NBA Player of the Week, sank two of the threes and scored 10 points in all during the run, which pushed the Warriors to a 60-35 advantage late in the half.
The lead was 65-42 at the intermission, with the Warriors having made 27 of their 40 shots and nine of their 13 threes (69.2 percent). Curry had 15 first-half points.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Green gave the Warriors their biggest lead, 75-46, in the third minute of the third period. It was 102-75 before the Clippers used a late 15-2 spurt to make the final score a bit more respectable.
Curry hit half his 18 shots, including four 3-pointers, to build his game-high point total. He also found time for seven assists and six rebounds.
The Warriors made 15 of their 25 threes (60 percent), with Green also hitting four and Thompson drilling three.
Thompson, who earned Player of the Week honors by averaging 29.7 points in the Warriors’ first three wins, finished with 19. Backup guard Leandro Barbosa had 13 and small forward Harrison Barnes 10 for the Warriors, who finished the game shooting 58.1 percent.
Center Andrew Bogut grabbed 14 rebounds to go with six points and five assists.
If there were a negative for the Warriors, it was power forward David Lee aggravating a strained left hamstring after playing just seven minutes. Lee was making his season debut after sustaining the injury in the preseason.
Backup guard Jamal Crawford had 24 points for the Clippers (3-2). Center DeAndre Jordan recorded a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double.
Clippers point guard Chris Paul overcame an 0-for-6 start to score 15 points. Power forward Blake Griffin added 14 and shooting guard J.J. Redick had 12 for Los Angeles, which shot 46.3 percent.
NOTES: The game matched teams that began the day ranked first (Warriors, 22.7) and second (Clippers, 19.5) in the league in turnovers forced. … Clippers PF Glen Davis missed his fifth consecutive game with a strained right groin, but coach Doc Rivers said he Davis likely to play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers. … Both Rivers and Golden State coach Steve Kerr acknowledged a Clippers-Warriors rivalry before the game. “It’s two good teams in the same division in the same state. It’s all right there,” Kerr said.
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