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January 28, 2017: Clippers 98, Warriors 144

Happy Chinese New Year! And that's the nicest thing we at ClipperBlog have to say about this game. So much for having three days off, as the LA Clippers went to Golden State and got absolutely slaughtered, 144-98. None of the Warriors starters played in the 4th quarter. It was a nice start to January, but now the Clippers have lost 4 of their last 5 games since PG Chris Paul tore a ligament in his left thumb on MLK Day. And this loss, in front of a national audience, is up there with the worst in franchise history. Top Performer: A lot of folks spent this month slandering Warriors PG Stephen Curry, mostly because some Oklahoma City PG wasn't going to start an All-Star game. You didn't hear any of that nonsense from ClipperBlog, and he clown-suited LA yet again, dropping a game-high 43 points on LA in just under 29 minutes. It's the most points Curry has ever scored against the Clippers, and it's his first career 40-point game in a game in which he didn't reach 30 minutes. Curry dropped 25 in the 3rd quarter alone. Not bad for a player who came into the game listed as questionable with “left lateral quad soreness.” That feeling when you drop 43 points, 9-15 threes, 9 boards, 6 dimes & a 51-foot buzzer-beater in 28 minutes ?? #StephGonnaSteph pic.twitter.com/WhkhsyoPxG — GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) January 29, 2017 X-Factor: The Warriors outscored the Clippers 64-34 in the paint and shot 62.0 percent from the field. That's the 2nd-highest FG percentage allowed by the Clippers for an entire game under head coach Doc Rivers. The Clippers may have been the bigger team with All-Star C DeAndre Jordan and PF Blake Griffin, but they were absolutely torched inside. Major Moment: The last 3:00 of the 1st half was when you knew the Clippers wouldn't have a prayer on Saturday night. Golden State scored 20 points to close out the 1st half, making all 8 of their shots without turning the ball over. On one sequence, Warriors PF Draymond Green blocked Griffin at the rim, then found himself with the ball against the invisible Clippers transition defense for a dunk, his only points of the game: End to End by @Money23Green! #NBAonABC #NBACNY pic.twitter.com/124ABWmtkl — GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) January 29, 2017 The last shot of the 1st half was the most devastating – a 51-foot bomb. It was his longest shot of the season, and it gave the Warriors a 21-point halftime lead: Straight ?????? #BeforeTheLight pic.twitter.com/VeTrCM1jcG — GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) January 29, 2017 Key Lineups: The worst of LA's lineups tonight was when Raymond Felton was in for starting SF Luc Mbah a Moute with the starters. The result was the Clippers getting outscored 16-7 in only 3 minutes, compiling a net rating of -125.0 while allowing the Warriors to make all 6 of their field goal attempts, including 4 threes. On the other end, the Warriors had a unit on the floor for 3 minutes that outscored the Clippers 15-4: Curry, rookie SG Patrick McCaw, backup SF Andre Iguodala, Green, and backup C JaVale McGee. That 5-man unit compiled a net rating of 139.6. But it is worth noting that the Warriors “5 Hamptons” lineup of Curry-Klay Thompson-Kevin Durant-Green-Iguodala made all 7 of their FGs in 3 minutes on the floor without turning the ball over once. The Definition: Saturday night at Golden State will be memorable for all of the wrong reasons. Consider: This was the most points allowed vs the Warriors … ever This was tied for the largest margin of defeat vs the Warriors (1993) This was the most points allowed by the Clippers overall since 1994 This was the largest Clippers margin of defeat since 2000 This was the most points allowed and largest margin of defeat in head coach Doc Rivers' 18-year career “We were horrible on both ends,” Doc Rivers said after the game. “Early on, I thought we competed defensively for the first five minutes of the game, but it was turnovers and silly shots that killed us. Once they got going and got the lead, the game was over. I thought we gave in way too easy. You should never lose by this much at anything in any situation, but they’re better right now.” Only other time that Doc Rivers lost by 40+ points was in November 2002. Despite 33 from T-Mac, Warriors beat Magic by 43 in Golden State pic.twitter.com/sNcrXsZb3C #8212; Law Murray ???? (@LawMurrayTheNU) January 29, 2017 After a 14-2 start, the Clippers are just 16-16 since Thanksgiving. Paul won't play next month. The Clippers will see the Warriors twice in February. A loss like this doesn't make the Carmelo Anthony rumors go away. The post January 28, 2017: Clippers 98, Warriors 144 appeared first on Los Angeles Clippers Blog - News, Commentary for NBA Clipper Fans.

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