Curry scores 28 in Warriors win over Clippers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers. Crawford added 24 points off the bench.

Chris Paul, playing in his second game after sitting out three with a knee injury, had just four points on 1 of 7 shooting. After the game, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said the team would reevaluate Paul's status before clearing him to play against Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

"You could see he doesn't have that extra burst like he usually has," Del Negro said. "It's nice to have him out there because he settles everything down. It's just that he can't play at the level he's used to with the injury."

Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Lee had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors.

Golden State (25-15) has won back-to-back games for the first time since the end of December and still trail Los Angeles by six games in the Pacific. The Clippers (32-10) lost for just the second time in nine games.

The flurry at the end was in stark contrast to earlier in the game when neither team could establish much control.

Griffin's thunderous dunk from just outside the lane gave the Clippers an early lead and Crawford later scored eight consecutive points to make it 33-29. Draymond Green's jumper and two free throws from Jarrett Jack with 0.4 seconds left tied the score.

The Warriors scored 10 straight points to open the second and went up 52-42 on Curry's fadeaway jumper with 3:10 remaining before the Clippers put together their best run of the half. Griffin scored on a reverse layup and had two free throws, Butler made a 3-pointer and Paul added two free throws to help pull Los Angeles to 53-52 at the break.

Crawford, the former Warrior, got Los Angeles going briefly in the third.

After Lee's layup put Golden State up 71-65, Crawford made two 3-pointers and banked a 5-footer off the glass as part of a 15-2 run to close the period.

Crawford finished 9 of 18 from the floor and set a season high for 3s (six) while Caron Butler added 19 points and five rebounds for Los Angeles.

The Clippers went up 82-75 on a reverse layup by Matt Barnes with 10:49 left but couldn't make the lead hold up.

NOTES: Injured Warriors C Andrew Bogut ran full-court sprints before the game, an important step in his rehab from his left. The 7-footer has not played since Nov. 7 and has missed 36 games overall this season. Golden State coach Mark Jackson, however, isn't putting a timetable on Bogut's return. "We've got to keep it moving and look forward to having him one day, whenever that comes," Jackson said. "I, like Dr. King, have a dream." ... Del Negro opted to hold F Grant Hill in order to rest him for Tuesday's game against Oklahoma City. ... The Warriors announced that F Brandon Rush underwent successful surgery on his injured left knee on Jan. 16. Rush has been out for the season since Nov. 2.



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