OAKLAND -– The Warriors on Wednesday night pounded another nail in the coffin of what was, not so long ago, the fiercest rivalry in the NBA.
Their 114-98 vanquishing of the Los Angeles Clippers before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena completed a four-game season sweep of their Southern California foes. The Warriors have beaten the Clippers in seven of the last eight meetings, and nine times in a row in Oakland.
The win also put the Warriors’ record at 64-7, one game closer to the 73 victories needed to set an all-time single-season record.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined to score 65 points, Curry with 33 and Thompson with 32, to power the offense.
Draymond Green put in 12 points, with Harrison Barnes and Shaun Livingston each adding 11 as the Warriors won their 51st consecutive game at Oracle Arena and lifted their home record this season to 33-0.
Though the Warriors didn’t shoot particularly well (44.8 percent), they offset their subpar shooting with tight defense during several key stretches, holding LA to 42.4 percent from the field.
The fireworks that so often light up Warriors-Clippers games were mostly absent, despite three technical fouls being whistled. Curry, after throwing his mouthpiece, was slapped with one for the Warriors, while DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford where whistled for the Clippers.
Jordan led the Clippers with 19 points and 20 rebounds.
Curry was quite good, shaking out of his “Steph Slump,” but Thompson’s long-distance accuracy kept the Clippers at bay.
Thompson’s line: 32 points (12-of-21 shooting, 7-of-10 from deep), four rebounds, three assists and a steal. He played 36 minutes and finished plus-23 for the game.
Curry’s line: 33 points (12-of-23 shooting, 4-of-10 beyond the arc), five assists, four rebounds and three steals. He was plus-4. He also became the first Warriors player since Rick Barry in 1974-75 to reach 2,000 points in fewer than 70 games.
Green was better than the box score indicates, finishing with 12 points, a team-high 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and typically dogged defense against multiple opponents.
Holding the Clippers to 0-of-7 shooting to open the second half, the Warriors went on a 10-1 run, pushing their 51-49 halftime lead to 61-50 with 9:57 left in the third quarter.
They hiked the advantage to 14 (71-57) on a Thompson 3-pointer with 6:18 left in the quarter.
The Clippers got no closer than seven in the fourth quarter.
Warriors: F Kevon Looney (R hip inflammation) was listed as probable and declared available prior to tipoff. C Andrew Bogut (L foot/big toe inflammation) was listed as questionable, declared available prior to tipoff and placed in the starting lineup. F Andre Iguodala (L ankle sprain), C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) are listed as out.
Clippers: F Blake Griffin (L quad tendon tear, R hand fracture) was listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Friday night, when they play host to the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40pm PT.