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
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
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
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
“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
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,”
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.