Warriors beat Clippers on testy Christmas night

Warriors Hang On To Top Clippers

 

Coach Doc Rivers is equally as irritated – and believes the Warriors tried to get Griffin thrown out.

Griffin and Golden State's Draymond Inexperienced have been lengthy gone before a wild finish Wednesday night time, when Klay Thompson blocked a shot by Chris Paul with 1 second left then contested Jamal Crawford's 3-pointer that fell quick on the final buzzer to ship the Warriors past Los Angeles a hundred and five-103.

Griffin was ejected for his second technical with 10:forty three remaining after scuffling with Andrew Bogut, following Inexperienced to the showers after they received into it at the end of the third. Green was tossed for a flagrant 2 foul.

"When you have a look at it, I did not do something and I received thrown out of the game. All of it boils all the way down to they (referees) fell for it," Griffin mentioned. "To me, it is cowardly basketball. I don't know their intentions, but it worked… If I knew the answer I would probably be in a unique position. Tonight I bought two technicals for nothing."

Without Griffin, the Clippers missed too many chances in the waning moments.

Paul's lay-in with 11.9 seconds left went around the rim and out, but Andre Iguodala missed a pair of free throws with 9.three seconds remaining. That gave the Clippers the ball again with eight.three seconds to go.

Stephen Curry overcame a sluggish start to rating seven of his 15 factors over the final 3:01 to go together with 11 assists as Golden State snapped the Pacific Division-main Clippers' season-best five-game winning streak. Thompson finished with 23 points and David Lee had 23 factors and thirteen rebounds.

When the sport ended, gamers tangled near the tunnel to the Clippers' locker room and security personnel stepped in – and former Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson may very well be seen screaming in the middle of all of it.

Whether the Warriors meant to ignite Griffin, Rivers can solely guess.

"I do not know in the event that they had been nevertheless it sure seemed like it. I am unable to accuse them of that but it surely seemed prefer it. I am not sure but that's what it seemed like," Rivers said. "It is no matter it's a must to do to win, I suppose."

Blake Griffin and Andrew Bogut

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Blake Griffin and Andrew Bogut bought into a scuffle in the fourth quarter, resulting in Griffin's ejection. The Warriors' Draymond Inexperienced was despatched to the locker room within the third.

This one was certain was feisty and festive from the opening tipoff at offered-out Oracle Arena, the place followers wore "Christmas Whiteout" snowflake Warriors T-shirts for the holiday occasion.

Paul had 26 factors and eleven assists as he and Curry placed on a late-game show between two of the Western Convention's high level guards. Griffin added 20 factors, 14 rebounds and 5 assists earlier than his early exit.

Bogut added 10 factors and 14 rebounds.

Neither Rivers nor Warriors coach Mark Jackson is able to deem this a California rivalry simply yet – not till both groups are consistent contenders yr after 12 months, they are saying.

It's definitely getting heated sufficient to be near such standing. And so they see each other twice more. The Clippers come back Jan. 30.

"We like them. Merry Christmas," Jackson said jokingly. "It is just physical basketball, so we don't get caught up in that… It's good, old school basketball between two groups which might be playing for one thing."

Griffin was held again by teammates at the end of the third quarter while jawing with Inexperienced. Following a evaluation, Griffin obtained a technical and Inexperienced was ejected for a flagrant foul 2 after throwing an elbow.

"You might have some key matchups in the recreation where guys need to go at each other," Inexperienced mentioned. "Any time you have got that, you're going to have a tricky, laborious-nosed recreation."

Then, officials went to review once extra to look at a tussle between Griffin and Bogut. Griffin left the game whereas Bogut was hit with a flagrant 1 and a technical.

The Clippers, who by no means trailed in the first half, took a seventy seven-seventy four lead into the see-noticed fourth. They dropped to 19-3 when leading after three quarters and 8-3 on the road.

Los Angeles beat Golden State 126-a hundred and fifteen at house on Oct. 31 at hand the Warriors their first loss a day after a season-opening win in opposition to the Lakers.

Curry performed when it mattered, though he is taking pictures just 9 for forty four in three Christmas games. Lee and Bogut every have double digits in rebounds in 10 straight video games.

Golden State grabbed its first lead at the 10:35 mark within the third on Bogut's operating jumper and started the second half with an 11-6 spurt.

The Warriors have been 22 for 52 in the first half – taking more shots than the Clippers' 21 of forty – however Lee's dunk pulled Golden State inside 53-51 at halftime.

Recreation notes

Former Warriors G

Matt Barnes

acquired some Christmas boos when he checked in for the Clippers halfway by the primary, whereas

Antawn Jamison

still gets his due respect… The Warriors played their 23rd Christmas sport and third in 4 years after having Christmas off for 26 years. They misplaced their earlier Dec. 25 outing to the Clippers a hundred and five-86 at Oracle – Los Angeles' last on Golden State's house ground – to begin the lockout-shortened sixty six-game 2011-12 season… The Warriors have not misplaced a season collection to the Clippers since 2005-06. Golden State was certainly one of solely two groups along with the Thunder to take three of 4 from Los Angeles final season.

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Durant, Westbrook too much as Thunder thump Knicks

NY – Not only was there no Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony showdown, there wasn’t a lot of a recreation, both.

The Oklahoma City Thunder made certain of it with the most dominant performance ever by a highway crew on Christmas.

Durant scored 29 factors, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter, and the Thunder rolled to a 123-ninety four victory Wednesday over the New York Knicks.

The 29-level victory was the most important for a road team on Christmas.

“I just know that if we play the way in which we play, staff basketball, Thunder basketball, not too many teams that can beat us,” Westbrook said.

The Knicks, without Anthony, weren’t one in all them.

The matchup between the NBA’s high two scorers was canceled due to Anthony’s sprained left ankle, so the Thunder had the Christmas highlight all to themselves while successful for the 10th time in eleven games.

Westbrook finished with 14 factors, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double of the season and seventh of his profession. Serge Ibaka added 24 factors on 10-of-14 taking pictures because the Thunder left a sellout crowd of 19,812 booing the house crew, or making no noise at all.

“I said that on the bench, I used to be like, `Man, it appears like no one’s in right here,'” Durant mentioned.

Amare Stoudemire scored a season-excessive 22 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 for the Knicks, who additionally have been lacking place to begin guard Raymond Felton. J.R. Smith scored 20 points, however shot 8 for 22 and was booed when he left the court docket for good.

Anthony sat out for the primary time this season. The Knicks have been by no means actually in it with out him and may not have had an opportunity with him the way in which the Thunder performed.

“Defensively, we simply weren’t there tonight,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson mentioned.

The Knicks not solely had hassle with the Thunder, but additionally with the special edition sleeved jerseys NBA groups are carrying on Christmas.

Beno Udrih hit the facet of the backboard on two shot makes an attempt within the first half, tugging on his sleeve after the second as if blaming his struggles on his gear.

Oklahoma Metropolis had a a lot simpler time in the uniforms. Coach Scott Brooks said before the sport the Thunder hadn’t had a formal observe in them, but gamers had shot around the previous couple of days within the jerseys that featured a giant logo in the middle of the chest and jersey numbers on the left sleeve.

“They appear nice. Hopefully, we play properly in them,” Brooks stated.

They performed fantastically.

Coming off a 104-ninety eight loss to Toronto on Sunday that ended a 9-game profitable streak and was their first setback at house this season, they shot fifty four percent and got 18 factors from Reggie Jackson.

Durant made all 5 shots in the first quarter, with the Thunder leading 35-29 after capturing 70 p.c. Jackson and Durant made three-pointers to begin the second, making Oklahoma Metropolis sixteen of 22. Ibaka did a lot of the work in an eight-2 spurt midway by way of the period that prolonged the result in 17, and the Thunder led 60-46 at halftime.

Durant and Westbrook took turns being unguardable on the perimeter in the third, boos rising louder as Oklahoma City went on to its sixth straight highway victory.

“I mean, I’m disillusioned with them. Honestly, my disappointment most likely outweighs theirs,” Knicks heart Tyson Chandler said about the fans. “It is what it’s. They come out here to see a show and so they come here to see their group play laborious and I perceive it.”

Anthony was harm Monday evening in a victory at Orlando, saying afterward he hoped to play Wednesday. However he looked glum and wasn’t strolling significantly nicely by the locker room space after getting treatment and testing the ankle, and the Knicks introduced he wouldn’t be in uniform about 50 minutes before the start.

He sat on the bench carrying a brown sports activities jacket, getting up slowly throughout timeouts every time the Knicks known as them in a futile try to stop the Thunder’s onslaught.

The Knicks fell to 0-7 in orange uniforms this season.

Notes

Chris Smith, J.R.’s brother, made his NBA debut with a scoreless minute on the end… Kenyon Martin returned to the Knicks after lacking 5 games with a strained left stomach muscle… Woodson stated he thought Felton (strained proper groin) would see more doctors Thursday, perhaps getting a greater idea how long he can be out. The Knicks have been additionally with out Metta World Peace, who has been battling a sore left knee.

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Carmelo sits

The Knicks awoke on Christmas and located coal in their stocking.

The crew announced forward Carmelo Anthony can be out for Wednesday’s game in opposition to the Thunder because of a sprained ankle. Anthony was stated to be a recreation-time choice.

Anthony injured the ankle in Monday’s sport against the Magic.

With out Anthony, the Knicks might move Tim Hardaway Jr. into the starting 5 taking part in Iman Shumpert at small forward.

Anthony’s absence is obviously a blow to a marquee Christmas game that may’ve featured him matching up with Kevin Durant. As a substitute, it’s a depleted Knicks squad taking up a Western Conferenc power. Oh boy.

Anthony, 29, is averaging 26.three factors, 8.eight rebounds and 2.8 assists this season.

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