An Overview of the Clippers-Warriors Season Series

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Game 3: Clippers 92 – Warriors 111

March 12, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Notable Absences: Chris Paul (LAC), Jermaine O’Neal (GSW)

Despite being on a five-game win streak during Chris Paul’s (shoulder) absence, the Clippers faced a reality check as the Warriors handed them their worst loss since a 14-point defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the previous calendar year.

Riding the back of Blake Griffin and Darren Collison wasn’t enough. Combined, Griffin and Collison scored 49 points while the rest of the team struggled offensively, scoring a combined 43 points. And while they couldn’t generate enough offense to keep up with Steph Curry and company, their defense had failed them, allowing 64 points to the Warriors in the first half.

For the Warriors, they shared the offense duties with four of five starters scoring in double digits including Andrew Bogut’s 14 point-17 rebound performance. Off the bench, Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights scored a combined 22 points, equaling the output of the Clippers bench.

Not being close from the beginning, the Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the season series.

Quote of the Night 

“From the beginning we were a step slow on the defensive end. I think that’s where all our troubles start because we’re going to be able to score offensively. We were a step slow gave them a lot of confidence and in here you definitely can’t give a team like that confidence, and they took advantage of it.” – Matt Barnes