It wasn’t exciting. It wasn’t close. But it was very entertaining if you were a
In a total reversal of Game 1, the Clippers dominated the
Games 3 and 4 will be in Oakland on Thursday and Sunday.
The game at
The 67 points in the first half and the 138 for the game were both franchise playoff records.
The biggest difference, besides an apparent indifference by the Warriors, was the play of Clippers All-Star power forward
Speaking of free throws, Clippers center
Despite the beatdown, a team is happy when they can take one of two on the road and that's exactly what the Warriors did. So, both teams can head north with something to hold on to.
Entering the third quarter the question on a few minds was if the Clippers can blow a 26-point lead. And the answer: Not a chance.
In fact, the Clippers hit the 100-point mark (see Lawler's Law, and that's Ralph not Jerry) with 1:27 left in the quarter. And, they took a 32-point lead into the final 12 minutes.
While the Warriors showed a shallow breath of life, they seemed perfectly content with winning one of two on the road.
In fact, it’s a bit of an epidemic in the first round of the
The Clippers started to lose some focus midway through the third quarter but a 33-point lead will do that to you. Still, they got it back.
The only remaining questions in this game are how many minutes Coach
OK, you know things are going well for you when this sequence of players make baskets for you at the start of the second quarter:
Statistics can tell whatever story you want them to, but these probably tell a pretty good tale of why the Clippers held a 26-point lead at halftime.
Turnovers: Warriors 15, Clippers 7
Free throws: Clippers 17 of 20 including
Fouls: Warriors 19, Clippers 8 and
Now, during that early stretch the Warriors weren't exactly absent but were falling further behind, down by 18 when they called time out with 8:30 to play in the half.
Griffin was the first starter to return to the game with 7:33 to play and
It's unclear if the Warriors were just having a bad night or they were perfectly content to leave Los Angeles after stealing one road win.
Even the backcourt duo arguably considered the best in the
Griffin scored 21 points in the first half, followed by Jordan with nine points and three blocked shots. Crawford also had nine points and Granger had seven.
Chris Paul didn't really need to score much and finished the half with four points but seven assists.
Dogged by early foul trouble in Game 1, Griffin played slightly more than three minutes in the first half on Saturday.
On Monday, he showed some of the dominance that Clippers fans have grown used to seeing. He scored 14 points on four of seven shooting and had three rebounds.
The Clippers started strong in Game 1 and everyone knows how that game turned out. On Monday at
The lead was extended to nine points (13-4) when
Free-throw shooting was a weakness for the Clippers in Game 1, as they made only 23 of 35. In the first quarter, they were eight of nine.
Another difference from Game 1 came with about six minutes to play in the quarter when
He later scored a second basket, although he missed the free throw to make it a three-point play. But perhaps more importantly it was on a play in which
The Clippers closed out the quarter with a 6-2 run, including two baskets by
Was it because of a late arriving crowd stuck on Olympic Boulevard? Or was it the stinging reminder of a Saturday afternoon and a game the team could have won?
The Warriors lead the best-of-seven first-round
What has to go right for the Clippers?
— The Clippers have to do a better job at the free-throw line. In Game 1 they made only 23 of 35.
— Hope that Golden State, having already taken a game on the road, will be on cruise control in low gear having come away from Staples Center with one win and taken back the homecourt advantage.
These questions should be answered by around 10:30 Monday night.