|Date of game: 12/25/2014
Recap: LA Clippers vs. Golden State
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamal Crawford scored half of his 24 points in the final quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a sluggish start to beat the Golden State Warriors, 100-86, at Staples Center.
The Clippers went 4-of-24 from the field in the opening quarter and shot 27.7 percent over the first 24 minutes, but went ahead for good with nearly 4 1/2 minutes left in the third and dominated the fourth.
Chris Paul provided 22 points, and Blake Griffin chipped in 18 with 15 rebounds and six assists for the Clippers, who began a franchise-record nine- game homestand by snapping a two-game skid. They've won eight in a row at home.
"Jamal came in and picked up our slack," Griffin said. "After shooting 27 percent in the first half we were down by only one. We kept the faith. It was a great win."
DeAndre Jordan scored 14 to go with 12 rebounds in the win, as the Clippers got revenge for a 121-104 loss in Oakland on Nov. 5.
"It's nice to beat them because they're good," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "We're better mentally than when we played them last time."
The Warriors, who lost back-to-back games for only the second time this season and fell to 23-5, received 14 points, nine boards and seven assists from Stephen Curry. Golden State suffered a 10-point defeat at Staples Center to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Klay Thompson scored 15, and Harrison Barnes added 12 with 13 rebounds. Draymond Green had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Golden State was behind three heading into the last period, but shot 5-of-22 in the final 12 minutes.
A layup from Barnes had the visitors within a point to start the frame, but LA came back with a 15-2 run. Jordan finished the burst with a jam with 6:48 left. The Clippers were ahead as many as 20 down the stretch.
Jordan began the game with a driving jam, but the Clippers missed their next 16 shots. Golden State built a 10-point lead, but that evaporated when Crawford's 3-pointer tied it at 18 in the closing minute. The visitors held a 20-18 lead going to the second.
Curry's jumper widened the gap to 39-28 with 2:42 left in the second, but the Clippers scored the final nine points of the half to get the deficit to 42-41.
"Very poor execution," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "We had a chance to be up 15 at halftime. Offensively, we're not in the same groove. We're not moving the ball."
Paul's 3-point play gave his team a 64-61 lead with 4:28 remaining in the third. LA was ahead as many as seven in the stanza, and the hosts carried a 73-70 edge into the fourth. Golden State fell behind despite going 11-of-18 from the field in the period.
"Defense won this game," Paul said. "This is a good win for us. In the third quarter, I finally got a couple of shots to fall. We're going in the right direction."Game Notes
Griffin missed his first eight shots and was 5-of-16 ... The Warriors begin a
six-game homestand Saturday against Minnesota ... Golden State is 10-14 all-
time on Christmas Day, including a 3-10 mark on the road. The last time the
Warriors won on the road on Christmas Day was 1969 at Cincinnati ... The
Clippers haven't lost at home since Nov. 17 against Chicago ... Including the
postseason, the Clippers have won seven of the previous eight as the host
versus Golden State.