Griffin leads Clips past Warriors for 9 in a row

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 1:21 am •  Published: March 13, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Blake Griffin soared past Stephen Curry and hammered home his one-handed rebound of Danny Granger's missed jumper, the slam emphasized everything that's so impressive about the Los Angeles Clippers' nine-game winning streak.

The Clippers are on this roll against good teams, at a perfect time for their playoff preparations — and just like Griffin's mind-blowing dunk, they're doing it with style.

Griffin had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Granger added 18 points off the bench, and the Clippers surged past the Golden State Warriors 111-98 Wednesday night.

Chris Paul had 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who split their four-game season series against their Pacific Division rivals with an impressive finish to a tight game.

"This is the time of year when you want to be playing your best," Griffin said. "Our fight has been great. Whoever is on the court ... up 10 or down 10, I think we've come to a point where it doesn't really matter. We stick together and try to pull it out."

Griffin was in top form on both ends of the court, punctuating his latest monster performance with that rebound slam with 8:18 to play. The four-time All-Star has scored 20 points in 24 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the NBA this season.

Los Angeles has the third-longest winning streak in club history and the team's best record after 66 games (46-20), but the Clippers don't seem satisfied by their five-game lead over Golden State in the division standings.

"It's impressive, because for the most part, we've been playing good teams," Granger said after his fifth game with the Clippers. "You really want to peak at this time going into the playoffs, because if a team is hitting on all cylinders, you look up and you're in the finals."

Klay Thompson scored 26 points and David Lee had 20 for the Warriors, whose five-game winning streak ended with their fourth straight loss to the Clippers at Staples Center. Curry had just 13 points and 11 assists before sitting out the final minutes.

Golden State got an impressive game from Thompson, but its normally reliable bench went 3 for 25, struggling mightily for most of the second half.

"We've been playing great basketball against some good teams, and we thought we could come in here and play very well and get a win," Curry said. "It didn't turn out that way, but one loss isn't going to stop us. We're going to continue that momentum, that rhythm."

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