Rebounding from a rough couple weeks, the Golden State Warriors won their second straight game by knocking off the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-99, on Monday. Playing against arguably the best point guard in the league, the Warriors' lead guards thrived en route to victory.
While Chris Paul is often referred to as the NBA's best point guard, that certainly wasn't the case on Monday. Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Jarrett Jack both put up big numbers against Paul, who finished the game with just four points on 1 of 7 shooting, though he did record nine assists and a pair of steals.
Curry was especially impressive, knocking down 6 of 8 shots from three-point range as part of a 28-point effort to lead Golden State. Jack didn't have the same scoring numbers, putting up 18 points on 7 of 15 shooting, but he added six rebounds and a team-high 10 assists.
L.A. actually led by seven points going into the fourth quarter, but the Warriors dominated the final 12 minutes, 33-19, to get the win.
With Paul being held relatively quiet, Blake Griffin kept the Clippers in the game with a big all-around performance. Nearly having a triple-double on the day, Griffin scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in addition to dishing eight assists. He was also active on defense, recording three steals and two blocks without recording a single foul.
Long Distance Advantage
In most aspects of Monday's game, the Clippers and Warriors played each other fairly close. Golden State made just one more field goal, grabbed fewer rebounds and recorded more turnovers, but one statistic stands out: three-point shooting.
L.A. had a really tough time from long range throughout the game, making just 11 of 30 attempts from beyond the arc against a fast-moving Warriors defense. Golden State, on the other hand, rode the hot hand all night, making 12 of 22 shots from three-point range.