Blame it on missed shots. Blame it on it being a game the
There’s little doubt that the specter of Sterling’s alleged racist comments was a backdrop to this game but it’s doubtful it can explain a 17-point first quarter by Warriors point guard
Sterling did not attend the game.
Curry finished as the game’s leading scorer with 33 points on 10-for-20 shooting. He made 7 of 14 three-pointers.
The Warriors built a 23-point lead at one point and the Clippers were never able to get it closer than nine, which they did early in the fourth quarter.
The game was physical and hotly contested despite the lopsided score.
One problem for the Clippers was the absence of Jordan, who didn't score in 25 minutes of play. He had only six rebounds, only one of those on offense.
Can the Clippers leverage the homecourt into a 3-2 advantage Tuesday night? The answer awaits.
The Clippers made a few forays into cutting the lead to single digits but could never get closer than 11 points and go into the final 12 minutes down by 18.
Too big a deficit? Probably but stranger things have happened.
The Clippers started the second half with a 6-0 run on a three-pointer by
But the Warriors were able to extend the lead back to 17 points on a couple of
Fouls continued to be a subplot in this seeming runaway as
The Clippers did make a run late in the quarter with a couple of three-pointers by
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points, while
Entering the second quarter, the Clippers had to feel fortunate to only be down 15 points. They needed to cut the lead to single digits by the time halftime rolled around.
Well that didn't happen. In fact, the Warriors extended their lead to 18, taking a 66-48 advantage into the half.
The early part of the quarter was much more even than the first quarter.
One thing that could help the Clippers in the second half is the fact that
It could have been worse for the Clippers as they trailed by as many as 22 late in the quarter. But luckily,
Crawford was the leading scorer for the Clippers with 16 points, with
Curry led the Warriors with those 17 points in the quarter, while guard
All-Star power forward
The Warriors raced out to an 18-6 lead as the Clippers were sloppy with the ball early, with four turnovers in their first four minutes, and it cost them. The Clippers had eight turnovers in the quarter and they also seemed completely unfocused on their defensive rotations.
Clippers All-Star point guard
The Clippers came out to the court wearing their warmup jerseys inside out so the word "Clippers" couldn't be seen and as a group tossed their warmups into a pile at the center of the court. It was an obvious statement against the alleged racist comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
A fan at the arena in Oakland held up a sign that read: "NO ROOM 4 RACISM".
As controversy swirls around the team, and world, regarding alleged racist remarks made by owner
The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1, after a 98-96 victory in Game 3 on Friday night in Oakland. A victory today would give the Clippers an opportunity to end the series in Game 5 on Tuesday night at
"This is a distraction," Rivers said about the racist comments purported to be made by Sterling. "And so my job is to try to lead them the best way that I know how and the best way I know how is to try to get together and unite them to play and to play well. But it is a distraction, there's no doubt about that."
The Clippers had a 45-minute team meeting Saturday, mostly to talk about Sterling. One player told the group they had worked too hard to get to this point, that they played the game for each other and not for Sterling.