Warriors use defence to smother Clippers

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry falls but keeps the ball from the Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers during his team's 115-98 National Basketball Association victory at the Staples Centre. He finished with three turnovers but tied a c
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry falls but keeps the ball from the Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers during his team's 115-98 National Basketball Association victory at the Staples Centre. He finished with three turnovers but tied a career-high with seven steals while scoring 19 points.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Klay Thompson scored 24 points and Draymond Green contributed 22 as the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the seventh straight time in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Stephen Curry chipped in 19 points and six assists for the Warriors in the 115-98 victory.

He missed all eight of his three-point attempts but tied a career-high with seven steals.

Kevin Durant added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Golden State, who held Clippers forward Blake Griffin to just 12 points on five-of-20 shooting.

Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 21 points while point guard Chris Paul had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.

"We gave them a lot of baskets," said Paul. "A team like that that moves the ball as well as they do and shoot as well as they do, you can't give them points. We were playing transition defence all night."

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    Combined deficit on a night to forget for the two Los Angeles teams on the wrong end of poundings. The Clippers lost to the Warriors at home 115-98 while co-tenants Lakers were routed 134-95 in Houston.

Up 62-49 at half-time, Golden State stretched their lead to 91-75 going into the fourth. They outscored the Clippers 58-38 in the paint and handed out more than twice as many assists.

"When we don't turn the ball over and we play great defence we can move the ball, create more possessions," Curry said. "Obviously to keep a team like that under 100 (points) - that's pretty special."

When asked about the Warriors' winning streak over the Clippers, Green said: "It's not about, 'Oh, we beat these guys this many times in a row. Let's add on to that'.

"You want to win the game, but let's get better when we step out there. That's our main focus."

While the Clippers got beaten up at Staples Centre, co-tenants Los Angeles Lakers took a pounding on the road, falling heavily to the Houston Rockets.

Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 26 points and James Harden added 25 points and eight assists as the Rockets blew out the injury-ravaged Lakers 134-95.

In New York, the Cleveland Cavaliers humbled the Knicks 126-94.

Cleveland star LeBron James scored 25 points, handed out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds.

Kyrie Irving scored 20 points and dished out six assists. Tristan Thompson pulled down a season-high 20 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who notched their eighth win in a row over the Knicks.

Cleveland led all the way and were never really threatened.

"We were getting stops and we were able to get out in transition," said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, whose efforts to get his team to step up their defensive efforts have paid off with two straight victories after a rare three-game slump.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 09, 2016, with the headline 'Warriors use defence to smother Clippers'. Print Edition | Subscribe