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Revisiting Game 40: Stephen Curry Lifts Warriors over the Clippers

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to lift Golden State over the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-99.

With the Warriors offense needing a boost, Curry got hot from 3-point range, knocking down four in the final period.

Golden State (25-15) wins the season series over the Clippers 3-1, which could possible have playoff implications. The Warriors are six games back of Los Angeles (32-10) in the Pacific Division.

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Warriors forward David Lee returned to the lineup. He missed Saturday’s win at New Orleans with a sprained left ankle. Lee said it was still a bit tender but well enough for him to play.

When asked if the Clippers being in town had anything to do with it, Lee smiled.

LEE: “That thought hadn’t crossed my mind.”

Golden State (25-15) wins the season series over the Clippers 3-1, which could possible have playoff implications — though the Warriors are still six games back of Los Angeles (32-10) in the Pacific Division.

More on Monday’s win …

MVP: Stephen Curry

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After a struggle of a third quarter, the Warriors were headed for defeat. And Curry came up with one of his most clutch performances this season. He was 4-for-4 in the fourth quarter, all threes, en route to 16 points. He also had three assists. With the All-Star ballots due, he couldn’t have had a better late-game showing.

JARRETT JACK: “When you start talking about elite point guards in this league, I think that’s one thing that really separates him from a lot of guys. You have guys like Chris Paul who’s unbelievable in the pick-and-roll. Rondo who’s tremendous at administrating the show, and as far as shooting the long ball. Steph is by far the best at his position. Playing with him on a regular basis, I’ve had a better appreciation for him as a player. My and my brother were just talking last night. Man, I didn’t know how talented this kid was. It’s really a joy to watch him mature and grow into the player he has become today.”

MDP: Andris Biedrins/Festus Ezeli

Monday was a game made for them. But the Warriors’ post defenders got torched by Blake Griffin. In 28 minutes combined, the two centers totaled four rebounds, six fouls and a block. With David Lee hampered, that was especially detrimental.

KEY MOMENT I: With the score 33-all at the end of the first quarter, Golden State’s reserves mounted a run. Draymond Green started it with a put back. Then Richard Jefferson ignited Oracle Arena by blocking a 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford (who made 3 straight outside shots to close the first quarter) and converting a three-point play on the ensuing fast-break.

After a pair of free throws by David Lee, Green put the Warriors up 43-33 with a 3-pointer set up by Jefferson. During that same 2:40 span, Golden State held the Clippers to 0 of 4 shooting with two turnovers.

TELLING STAT: In the fourth quarter, the Warriors shot 55.6 percent and the Clippers shot 37.5 percent. When it came down to it,GoldenState, specifically Curry and Jack, got buckets. The Clippers, playing with a gimpy Chris Paul, struggled to score. Blake, who had a monster game, had just four points on 2 of 5 shooting

YEAH, WHAT HE SAID: “That’s a young team improving for sure, but we have our sights set on playing in June. I’m not saying they don’t. But we’re looking at bigger goals than celebrating everything.” — Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers

KEY MOMENT II: The Warriors led 69-62 with 5:10 left in the third quarter after a fast-break dunk by Klay Thompson. The wheels then came off for the Warriors. They scored four points the rest of the quarter, thanks largely to 3 turnovers and four straight missed jumpers.

Meanwhile, the Clippers caught fire. Caron Butler and Crawford hit a pair of 3-pointers. Minutes later, Crawford and Bledsoe hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Clippers up five. The Warriors trailed 80-73 after three quarters.

SERIOUSLY?!: The rumblings in the Clippers locker room was that they don’t like the Warriors’ penchant for celebration. Of course, there was controversy last time when Blake Griffin clanked a 3-pointer off the side of the backboard.

Well, when Griffin pulled up for a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and airballed it, the bench jokingly retrained itself from mocking Griffin, which became a mockery all its own. And Curry didn’t help matters, galloping after clutch 3-pointers.

The Clippers say the Warriors have too many antics going on. Comes off as sour grapes, honestly. Los Angeles does as much chest-bumping and trash talking as the next team.

BEFORE YOU GO: Draymond Green was 3 for 4 on Monday, including two jumpers. He said he’s got J, just was struggling at first.

Marcus Thompson

  • Stan

    Why the lag? Its pointless to post about the Clipper game the morning after the Warriors beat Durant. Are you using the pony express to deliver the blog to the editors? Jeez,and lame ponys from one end of town to the other..

  • Dave

    At the end of the day, I hope there is a blog on David Lee making the All Star team. The stupid new ear Knicks fans and Knicks management can stick it!

  • Dave

    At the end of the day, I hope there is a blog on David Lee making the All Star team. The stupid new ear Knicks fans and Knicks management can stick it!!

  • Dave

    It must have been Danphoni’s system that made Lee an All Star? Oh, wait….

  • Dave

    David Lee, Warriors — Statistically, a no-brainer as the top PF in the West — 19.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists. His biggest challenge was probably splitting votes with teammate Stephen Curry on a Warriors team that has truly surprised.

  • Dave

    At the end of the day, that was not Warriors basketball.

  • Young

    update marcus? Matt Steinmetz is reporting bogut’s return before or right after all star break…Any truth there?