The LA Clippers routed the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, scoring 141 points and completely demolishing the defense of Steve Kerr’s guys. The final result was 141-122, and it could have been much worse for the Dub Nation.
Kawhi and the guys pretty much smashed one of the most dominant teams in the last decade, and they did it without any problems. They gave the Warriors a taste of their own medicine, shooting behind the three-point line 54.5%, hitting 18 of his 33 attempts. But not just that, the guests from LA had 68% when shooting for two, 32 of 47, while on the other side, the hosts were 39.4% from the field.
“Our defense was atrocious…Off the ball, on the ball, pick-and-roll, transition defense,” said frustrated Draymond Green following the blowout.
It is very important to say that the Clippers had the lead right from the start and up until the end. After 3:14, the scoreboard showed 14-0 for the guests, with Ivica Zubac and Patrick Patterson scoring 6 points each. The Warriors came down to four points, in the late part of the first, but that was just a temporary spark, which Clippers handled very well.
Doc Rivers’ team kept everything under control very well throughout the second sequence and decided to shift into a higher gear in the third. The team from LA dropped 46 points, forcing some of the Golden State’s fans to leave the new Chase Arena, and avoid further frustrations. This wasn’t an opening they desired, and for sure, a loss like this will stay in their memory for a long time.
Kawhi Leonard received booes before the start of the contest, and the guy who closed the old Oracle Arena opened a new on in the same manner. The Claw had 21 points in 21 minutes on the floor, and he added nine assists on that.
Lou Williams-Montrezl Harrell connection once again proved flawless with these guys combining for 40 points. Sweet Lou had 22 and 8 dimes, while Harrell delivered 18 with 6 rebounds, missing just one of his nine attempts from the field.
Patterson made 6 threes, scoring 20 points, while young Zubac posted a double-double in 18 minutes on the court – 16 buckets and 10 boards.
Steph Curry didn’t adjust well to the new arena, and his shooting performance proves that. One of the best shooters ever missed nine threes in 11 tries, and also added 8 of Warriors 13 turnovers. He did have a team-high 23 points, but overall, this was a pretty poor game for him.
“Easy answer is it’s one of 82. But there were some glaring things we need to correct to win basketball games,” the two-time MVP stated about tonight’s loss.
— Clippers Nation (@ClipperNationCP) October 25, 2019
D’Angelo Russell had 20 buckets and 8 assists, while Jacob Evans and Eric Paschall contributed with 14 each.
Steve Kerr spoke after the match about the fact that he has a young team now, and that the entire situation is much different than before. The Warriors head coach explained that as if his team entered a process of the reconstruction.
“This is more the reality of the NBA. The last five years, we’ve been living in a world that’s not supposed to exist…Nine guys 23 or younger. We’re starting over, in many respects,” Kerr said.
Golden State visits Oklahoma this Sunday, in search of redemption for tonight’s loss. The LA Clippers head for Arizona, a day earlier to face the Phoenix Suns, who opened the season with a superb comeback against the Kings yesterday.