When the Clippers played there on Nov. 5, they lost 121-104, prompting Coach
Rivers' words might not be as harsh this time around, though the team did trail by as many as 22 points.
The Warriors outscored the Clippers in the third quarter, 30-18, to take an 87-68 lead into the fourth quarter. The Clippers trailed by 22 points in the fourth quarter before going on a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to nine, 101-92, with just under two minutes left. The Clippers, however, could not complete the comeback.
The Clippers now trail the Warriors, 2-1, in their season series. The Clippers have not beaten the Warriors in Oakland since 2011.
The Warriors outshot the Clippers from beyond the three-point line, 45.5% to 32%. The Warriors also shot 23 free throws, of which they made 16, while the Clippers were only sent to the free-throw line 14 times, making 10.
The Clippers were playing without two of their three top scorers -- Blake Griffin (who remains sidelined after having surgery Feb. 9 to remove a staph infection from his right elbow) and Jamal Crawford (right calf bruise).
In their absence,
DeAndre Jordan had a relatively quiet performance compared to his recent ones, finishing with six points and 14 rebounds.
Nate Robinson, whom the Clippers signed to a 10-day contract Saturday, had five points on one-for-six shooting in 20 minutes.
The Clippers are now 7-5 without Griffin.