Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry defeated LA Clippers in the second of their back-to-back games at Chase Center. The final score was 115-105 for the Warriors, who made a fantastic comeback in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter.
With 3:15 left in the third period, the Clips were up 85-63 after Kawhi Leonard hit his second free throw. From that moment on, the Warriors started splashing, making an 18-2 run, cutting down the deficit to just 6 points before the start of the final sequence, 87-81.
The home team would sweep away the LA team in the ultimate 12 minutes, scoring 34 points and allowing just 18. What makes the GSW fans happy is the fact that all the players contributed in the moments when the game was on the line, as Curry visibly slowed down in that fourth period.
“We’ve been on the ropes, but hang out,” said Steve Kerr about his team in the first three quarters. “I’ve been telling you guys how much I love coaching this team… every guy is all in.”
Steph had 38 points, bouncing back following a slow and dull performance in the previous matchup vs. LAC once he had 13 buckets. The two-time MVP was 13-of-24 from the field, adding nine hits from the deep in 14 attempts. Besides scoring points, Curry was setting up positions for his teammates as well, having 11 assists and also stealing the ball three times. We need to mention that he had just three free throws in this event.
“He’s been doing this for many, many years and it’s one of the reasons he’s a two-time MVP,” Kerr said.
Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points and had six rebounds, while Eric Paschall had 12 off the bench. All six players who weren’t in the starting lineup played at least 12 minutes, and they all scored, totaling 42 points combined.
On the other side, the Clippers looked unstoppable in the first half, smashing the rivals in all aspects of play. They were shooting superbly, especially Paul George who had 17 points until the break, missing just one shot from the field.
“We have to be a better closing-out team. … They got hot, and they stayed hot the last two quarters,” he said.
PG closed the match with 25 points, making five threes, and having seven assists. Kawhi Leonard scored 24, with four assists and just three boards. Serge Ibaka played pretty well, shooting 9-of-12 for 19 points, adding seven boards and one block.
The Clippers’ trademark, strong and efficient bench, wasn’t noticeable in this event. Lou Williams played only 16 minutes, adding 6 points, and Luke Kennard scored 8. This is something Tyronn Lue needs to take care of; otherwise, LAC won’t have a bright future when it comes to winning the title.
The Clippers have six wins and four losses, and they didn’t start the season very well. However, once looking at the Western Conference standings, we can see that no team began as planned.
Up next, they have two games at home, against the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans, before jumping to Sacramento to face the Kings.
The Warriors are hosting the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers on Sunday and Tuesday, before hitting the road on a three-match tour that kicks-off in Denver against the Nuggets. Steve Kerr’s boys will visit the Phoenix Suns and the LA Lakers afterward.
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