I can’t say that I saw this coming. I actually predicted the Warriors were going to win by three or less. That wasn’t the case on this night, as the Clippers took apart the Warriors piece by piece and won by a final score of 115-87. It doesn’t seem like that much of a win, does it? Well to put it in perspective, the Clippers’ largest lead of the night was 38 points. This is unlike the Warriors, but to quote a friend, “You can’t win them all.”
In the first quarter, the Warriors came out of the game very slow. They opened 3/11, and the next thing you know, they were shooting 18% for the quarter, 4/21. This was the lowest scoring and lowest shooting percentage this season for a single quarter. The Clippers lead 35-12.
In the second quarter, the Warriors cut the lead to 14 multiple times. Unfortunately for them, every attempt to cut the lead to 10 was shaken off by the Clippers, who hit multiple three pointers and crowd pleasing shots. The Warriors could not buy a shot, and the scoring drought was getting bad. It wasn’t because of good defense, but the Clippers were dismantling the Warriors. First their offensive game, then their defensive game. The Warriors scored 31 points in the 2nd, but the Clippers scored 32 points. At half, the Clippers lead by 24.
In the third and fourth quarters, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, and David Lee put together some final surges, but they were easily shaken off. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin’s intensity and high shot percentages had increased the lead to 38 with just a few minutes left in the quarter. It was disastrous for the Warriors.
In the final quarter, Mark Jackson put the rookies in to finish it off. The Warriors’ third unit beat the Clippers’ third unit: outscoring them 23-12 in the fourth quarter. This was just to make the score less embarrassing.
All in all, it was a slow night for each Warrior, whose leading scorer had 14 points. Expect the Warriors to come back strong against the Grizzlies on January 9th. The Warriors are still three games ahead of the 6th seeded Rockets, so they’re in a good position. It was just one of those nights.