Steph Curry goes Hollywood on Clippers, drops season-high 45 in Warriors' win
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Stephen Curry didn’t merely carry the Warriors to victory Saturday afternoon. He pushed, shoved and shot them to a 121-105 rout of the Clippers at Staples Center.
With most of his teammates struggling to find their shot, Curry poured in a season-high 45 points as the Warriors finished off a perfect three-game road trip.
The Warriors (32-8) got double-figure scoring from only four others players, as Nick Young and JaVale McGee put in 11 points each, while Klay Thompson and David West each had 10.
The victory was the 10th in a row for the Warriors and their 12th straight over the one-time rival Clippers, who dropped to 17-21.
Curry seized this game early, with 17 first-quarter points, and did not let it go.
Curry’s line: 45 points (11-of-21 shooting from the field, including 8-of-16 from deep, 15-of-16 from the line), six rebounds, three assists and three steals. The free throw total is a career-high. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-28.
In the four games since he returned on Dec. 30, Curry is averaging 36.0 points on 58.4-percent shooting, including 53.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Though the Warriors closed the half with a 12-4 to take a 64-55 lead into the locker room, it wasn’t until the third quarter that they blew the Clippers off the floor.
After a Montrezl Harrell layup pulled the Clippers with 12, 75-63, the Warriors responded with a 25-8 run, taking a 100-71 lead on a Nick Young 3-pointer with 2:21 left in the third.
The Lakers got no closer than 14 (inside the final minute) in the fourth quarter.
Warriors: G Omri Casspi (mid-back strain), G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain), F Draymond Green (R knee soreness), F Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) and C/F David West (R ankle sprain) were listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Kevin Durant (R calf strain) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out.
Clippers: F Blake Griffin (concussion) took an elbow to the head in the first half and did not return. G Milos Teodosic (R foot plantar fasciitis) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out. G Patrick Beverley (R knee surgery), F Danilo Gallinari (L glute, partial tear), G Austin Rivers (R ankle impingement) were listed as out.
The Warriors return the Bay Area for a brief two-game homestand, beginning Monday night when they face the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.