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Clippers get club-record 12th straight home win

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2013 at 1:27 am •  Published: January 6, 2013
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"The Clippers outplayed us in every facet of the game, but it wasn't due to a lack of preparation," Lee said. "NBA players realize that out of an 82-game schedule there are going to be nights like this, and nights where you win by 30. They were on their fourth game in five nights, and they outplayed us from the jump."

Matt Barnes stripped the ball from rookie Draymond Green under the basket and hustled the length of the floor to tip in Willie Green's missed layup just before the first-quarter buzzer, giving Los Angeles a 35-12 cushion. It was the lowest-scoring opening period for the Warriors.

"This was a business win for us," Griffin said. "This is how we want to win games. We wanted to take care of it early, and that's what we did. Wednesday's game was pretty fresh in our minds."

The Clippers extended the margin to 67-43 at halftime, shooting 61.4 percent from the field and outrebounding the Warriors 24-12. Eric Bledsoe provided the exclamation point at the end of the second quarter when he blocked a driving layup by Jarrett Jack just before the buzzer. The 6-foot-1 point guard has 24 blocked shots in the team's first 35 games and 63 in 156 regular-season contests.

"The fact that they beat us twice was the biggest thing," Barnes said. "They're a conference opponent and they're only a few games behind us, so you just want to come out and make a statement."

Shooting guard Jamal Crawford, who leads the Clippers' reserves with 16.5 points per game, missed his second straight contest because of a sore left foot. The 13-year veteran, who signed as a free agent in July, tops all reserves in the league with 14 games of 20 or more points — including the 27 he scored against the Warriors in a 114-110 loss on Nov. 3, and the 24 he had against them in Wednesday's 115-94 defeat at Oakland.

"Right now we're just trying to get healthy," Paul said. "We're missing Jamal, Grant (Hill) and Chauncey (Billups), but we've got two games in the next seven days, so hopefully we can rest up a little bit. I'm glad this four-of-five stretch is over. I'm tired."

NOTES: The Clippers have beaten the Warriors at least once in each of the last 26 seasons, their longest such streak against any team. ... Lee was called for a flagrant 1 foul with 2:38 left in the second quarter when he got his hands on Griffin's torso as he went up for an alley-oop lob from Eric Bledsoe. Griffin missed the shot and landed on his feet.