The Los Angeles Clippers made more three-pointers (eight) than the Golden State Warriors (seven), outrebounded the Warriors (46 to 33), and kept Stephen Curry from making a shot from beyond the arc (0-for-8) for the second time this year.
Despite all of that, the Warriors improved to 19-3 on the year with a 115-98 victory over their Western Conference foes. The Clippers -- who have lost five of their last seven games -- could not recover from a dreadful first quarter in which they were outscored 37-19.
Per ESPN Stats and Info, the 18-point lead over the Clippers after 12 minutes was the Warriors' largest lead over the team in the rivalry's history (they've played each other 207 times). The Clippers' struggles against the Warriors have been well documented; since the 2011-12 campaign, Los Angeles sports a 6-15 (.286) record against Golden State.
"We gave them a lot of baskets," Clippers point guard, Chris Paul, who had 15 points and six rebounds, said of the Clippers' performance. "A team like that that moves the ball as well as they do and shoot as well as they do, you can't give them points. We were playing transition defense all night."
Powered by Klay Thompson's 24 points and Draymond Green's 22 points, Golden State utilized a balanced attack -- strongly reliant on their 16th 30+ assist game of the season -- to secure the win. Curry (19 points, seven steals, six assists) and Kevin Durant (16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) were still productive in the victory.
"We run the way we run," Durant said of the Warriors' fast-paced attack on Wednesday night. "For the most part, when we get out on the run...it don't matter if we miss or make the shots. We feel great when we get out in transition.
While recent numbers show the Warriors dominance over the Clippers, Thomspon does not want this win to inflate the team's ego.
"One bad game .. [we] gotta face them three more times in the regular season...potentially in the playoffs," Thompson said. "Don't overreact to it, don't get over cocky when we play them next.....they're still very capable. Just a great effort by us tonight."