Clippers 107, Warriors 104

Chris Kaman must have missed all that talk about the Los Angeles

Clippers’ seven-game losing streak. Even after a high-scoring,

nail-biting victory over a division rival, Chris Kaman was only

thinking ahead to his woebegone club’s theoretically brighter

future.

Kaman had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Steve Novak hit the

go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:46 to play, and the Clippers snapped

their two-week skid with a 107-104 victory over the Golden State

Warriors on Saturday night.

This all-offense meeting between California’s two perennial NBA

also-rans wasn’t decided until a 3-point attempt by Golden State’s

Anthony Tolliver banged off the back rim at the buzzer, but Kaman

was among the Clippers who weren’t particularly in a celebrating

mood late in another lost season.

“I hadn’t realized we were on a seven-game losing streak,

honestly,” the 7-foot center said after helping Los Angeles to a

55-39 rebounding edge. “I hadn’t even thought about it. We’re just

trying to finish strong and think ahead a little bit to the summer.

I just keep looking ahead.”

That’s when the Clippers will have a top-10 draft pick, a great

deal of salary-cap room and forward Blake Griffin back from knee

surgery. Sometimes the only thing keeping Kaman, Baron Davis and

Eric Gordon going in another losing season is the possibility of

what the Clippers could do with those opportunities.

“We’ll see what they do with all that, but it could be pretty

good,” Kaman said hopefully.

Davis had 21 points, five rebounds and five assists before

leaving early in the third quarter with a sprained right wrist.

Rasual Butler and DeAndre Jordan then rallied the Clippers from a

six-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter for just their

second win in 11 games.

“It was good to get the monkey off our back,” Clippers interim

coach Kim Hughes said. “We made a few mistakes in the first half.

We left (Stephen) Curry open too many times in the corner … but

toward the middle of the third and the entire fourth, we were

solid.”

With his seventh victory, Hughes is just 1,326 wins behind NBA

career leader Don Nelson, who broke Lenny Wilkens’ league record in

the Warriors’ last game.

Curry scored 29 points but didn’t have a fourth-quarter field

goal for the Warriors, who had won three of four. Curry hit five

3-pointers while Reggie Williams and Anthony Morrow had four

apiece, but Golden State couldn’t match Los Angeles on the boards

or on defense, with the Clippers shooting better than 50

percent.

Williams scored 22 points and Morrow had 18 for the Warriors,

who lost the finale of their four-game trip to drop to 7-33 away

from Oakland. Curry had nine rebounds while Monta Ellis missed his

seventh straight game with the flu, but the Warriors’ dynamic

rookie missed his only two shots in the final period, both

3-pointers.

“They doubled a lot of the ball screens to keep me away from

it, but Anthony and Reggie stepped up,” Curry said. “I don’t need

to score to be effective. If I’m drawing defenders away so they can

shoot jumpers, then I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. It just

wasn’t enough tonight.”

Butler scored 15 points and Steve Blake added 14 while starting

in place of Gordon, who has a viral infection. Jordan had 10 points

and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who opened a season-ending

three-game homestand with just their fourth win in 23 games.

“The Clippers came up with the win, and they probably deserved

it,” Nelson said. “They outrebounded us and outshot us, but still

we were there, and we had a chance.”

Davis was in the midst of a standout game against his former

Warriors teammates when he was injured less than three minutes into

the second half. He scored 19 points in the first half and made

eight of his first 11 shots before getting hurt.

The Warriors trailed for most of the first three quarters, never

by more than nine points. Morrow’s 3-pointer early in the fourth

quarter put Golden State ahead during a 14-4 run, but Los Angeles

rallied to take a one-point lead before the Warriors tied it at 98

on a free throw for Kaman’s technical foul with 4:12 to play.

After Novak put the Clippers ahead with a 3-pointer in front of

the Warriors’ bench, Corey Maggette clanged a one-handed dunk off

the back iron before Jordan dunked fiercely over Curry with 2:03

left.

Bobby Brown and Mardy Collins each missed one free throw in the

final 18 seconds to keep the Warriors within three points, but

Tolliver’s desperate final 3 bounced high off the rim.

“It definitely felt good, but it was just a little long,”

Tolliver said.

NOTES: Clippers F Craig Smith didn’t dress because of a sore

lower back, and F Travis Outlaw sat out again with a strained right

groin. … Russell Turner is in the last few days of his job as an

assistant coach with the Warriors before he leaves Oakland for

southern California. He was named UC Irvine’s coach earlier this

week. … Warriors G C.J. Watson missed his third straight game

with bruised ribs.