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Warriors rout Clippers for 7th straight win over L.A.


    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, shoots as Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, of the Republic of Georgia, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES » Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Draymond Green added 22 points and the Golden State Warriors routed the Clippers 115-98 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win over Los Angeles.

Stephen Curry had 19 points for Golden State, and Kevin Durant, who came averaging a team-best 27.0 points, was held to 16 on 5-of-17 shooting.

Curry failed to make a 3-pointer for just the second time this season, going 0 of 8. The Warriors were 7 of 30 from long range.

Jamal Crawford scored 21 points for the Clippers, who have lost five of seven. Four of their seven overall losses have come at home.

Blake Griffin struggled, scoring 12 points on 5-of-20 shooting and had seven of the Clippers’ 14 turnovers. J.J. Redick had two points, well under his 15.5 average.

The Warriors set a dominating tone in the first quarter when they shot 56 percent. They erased the Clippers’ one-point lead with a 28-9 run to lead 37-19.

Golden State’s defense smothered the Clippers’ shooters, who were held to 33 percent in the first, and forced coach Doc Rivers to bring in his second unit. The reserves couldn’t get anything going while Thompson, Curry and Green combined to score 15 consecutive points as part of Golden State’s big run.

Trailing by 20 early in the second quarter, the Clippers clawed back within seven on three 3-pointers by Crawford, including a rainbow that just beat the shot clock. Paul added seven points and DeAndre Jordan dunked to get to 53-46. But just as quickly the Warriors restored their lead to 62-49 at halftime, capped by Green’s 3-pointer.

Even a 12-0 run by the Clippers only cut their deficit to 14 points late in the third after they fell behind by 27 earlier in the quarter. On the Warriors’ last possession, Curry and two teammates fell down but Kevon Looney still dunked to send them into the fourth leading 91-75.


Warriors: Thompson was coming off his career-high 60-point performance against Indiana on Monday. He was 8 of 18 from the floor against the Clippers. … They have won seven straight on the road. … They shot 48 percent from the floor, just under their league-leading 50 percent.

Clippers: Their losing streak to the Warriors is the team’s longest active skid against any opponent. … Their last win against the Warriors came on Christmas Day 2014 at home. … Doc Rivers, Griffin and Paul each got technical fouls. … Jordan is two rebounds away from 6,000 in his career. … G Raymond Felton missed the game for unspecified family reasons and is expected to be out a couple games. … Jay Z, Chris Rock, Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles and the Rev. Jesse Jackson attended the game.


Warriors: At Utah on Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back as part of a five-game trip, equaling the team’s longest of the season.

Clippers: Host New Orleans on Saturday after a rare two-day rest.

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