Nate Robinson had 28 points, 8 assists and five rebounds. Brandon Rush has 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Dominic McGuire didn’t score, but had 11 rebounds and five assists and helped turn the game around.
Thanks to the trip off the bench, the undermanned Warriors put a scare into the host Los Angeles Clippers, eventually falling 112-104.
The Warriors played without forward David Lee, knocked out of the lineup by a strained groin. Golden State didn’t get much from rookie Jeremy Tyler or center Andris Biedrins, who combined for 4 points, 2 rebounds and 8 fouls in a combined 35 minutes. Yet, the Warriors were able to come behind from 19 down to make a game of it,
JACKSON: “We realize that we can’t win a checkers match right now. We’re not good enough. We have to stick to the game plan, work extremely hard and execute on both sides of the basketball. And we did that. Great things happen.”
Chris Paul scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 28 points, 13 assists and 3 steals. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 9 rebounds as the Clippers pounded the Warriors inside. Golden State was outrebounded.
But the Warriors stayed close with grit and 3-point shooting, knocking down 15 of 31 from behind the arc. Klay Thompson, who had 24 points, knocked down four 3-pointers. As did Dorell Wright, who had 23 points.
The Warriors’ bench, however, was the real difference maker. Golden State got 52 points, 25 rebounds and 17 assists from the reserves, most of which came from Robinson, Rush and McGuire.
JACKSON: “Those guys, they’ve been awesome all year long, particularly when we’ve been shorthanded. They’ve stepped up. Every night it doesn’t show on the stat sheet when you look at the numbers. But their body of work, their total effort, their approach, their professionalism. those are winning guys. their approach is contagious. I’m really happy for them getting the opportunity … Those guys were home, some of them, without a job. I don’t think that’s going to be the case anymore.”