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Clippers throw in their chips early against Warriors

Unlike previous games, there's little tension as Golden State dominates almost from the start in a 111-92 victory over L.A.

January 30, 2014|By Broderick Turner

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OAKLAND -- This time, the Clippers and Golden State Warriors didn't display what has become their usual animosity toward the other.

This time, there were no technical fouls, no flagrant fouls, no ejections, no trash-talking as in their first two meetings this season.

This time, it was simply the Clippers being run down by the Warriors, 111-92, Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

“I don't think there was a chance for chippiness tonight,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “Anybody that would have got chippy in this game was just stupid. Why would you be chippy tonight when you're down by 30? I don't know why you're chippy any night.”

BOX SCORE: Golden State Warriors 111, Clippers 92

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, but he had only seven in the second half.

Darren Collison, playing with a sprained left big toe, was solid again with 22 points and five assists. DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds.

But that didn't stop the Clippers from getting their four-game winning streak snapped.

And it didn't stop the Clippers from losing their fifth consecutive game in Oakland, and 15th of their last 17.

“We just didn't have it,” Rivers said. “We had nothing. You could just see it. They were blowing by us. We were late on everything defensively tonight.”

The Warriors had six players score in double figures.

All-Star Stephen Curry led the way with 22 points and seven assists. David Lee had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Klay Thompson chipped in with 16 points and Andrew Bogut had 14 points and 17 rebounds.

The Clippers were down by 19 points in the second quarter but cut their deficit to eight at the half, finally looking like a team that was ready to play.

But that was not the case, not when the Clippers fell into a 23-point hole at the end of the third quarter that grew to 25 points in the fourth.

They were horrible on offense in the third quarter, scoring only 11 points on one-for-15 shooting from the field. That basket was a three-pointer by J.J. Redick, who was one for seven in the quarter and four for 11 in the game.

When the Clippers and Warriors have met the last two seasons, it has been contentious.

But it reached a zenith during their first two games this season.

There were two ejections, two flagrant fouls, four technical fouls, stare-downs and trash-talking, even when the two teams walked off the court after the Warriors had defeated the Clippers.

But rather than let those past events be their guide, the Clippers and Warriors just played basketball in the first half.

Well, for a long stretch, only the Warriors seemed to be playing, building a 54-35 lead on the lethargic Clippers.

But the Clippers awoke from their slumber and pulled within 64-56 at the half.

“The second quarter seemed like the only time we had a little bit of energy as a group,” said Jamal Crawford, who made one of nine shots. “It's tough when you play like that.”

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