With Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia, David West and Shaun Livingston out for tonight’s game, it was all hands on deck as the Golden State Warriors faced the Los Angeles Clippers in L.A. Despite it being the second half of a back-to-back on top of that, the Warriors were able to come out ahead in a 133-120 win.
Getting the start were JaVale McGee and Patrick McCaw, who both had strong performances as we saw an exercise in rotation juggling, oftentimes hindered by early foul woes. McCaw had a pair of back-to-back threes early in the first and McGee was on a one man dunk-a-thon to raise money to help Stephen Curry, who would later get the wind knocked out of him by DeAndre Jordan.
Also getting some solid minutes was James Michael McAdoo, who went for six points early in the second quarter, before Klay Thompson, Curry and Kevin Durant let loose an explosion of threes for 12 points late in the quarter, ending the half up by ten.
A highlight of the first half was this behind the back rocket of a pass from Andre Iguodala for the assist:
Iguodala would have a little bit of trouble in the second half, having a disastrous set of failed put-back attempts. But he quickly redeemed himself with a buzzer-beater and a quick five points early in the fourth.
Our old buddy Marreese Speights, good ol’ Mo Buckets. You know we love him. But you know we couldn’t not include the Shaqtin’ play of the night.
what's worse the dunk or the fall pic.twitter.com/5nCe06J0r1— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) February 3, 2017
Blake Griffin put up a heck of a fight in the second half, and the Warriors’ lead started to diminish as the Clippers went on a 14-2 run late in the fourth quarter. But a string of threes from Durant, Thompson, and - fittingly, Iguodala - sealed the deal on this win.
A lot has been made about whether the Warriors still have “Strength In Numbers” and if you check the box score tonight, you’ll see that they sure do. (Just, you know, maybe skim past the Anderson Varejao line.)