In 34 games home this season, Golden State has eight wins. In two games at the Chase Center, the Clippers already have two wins, and neither one was particularly close.
After beating down the Warriors at the start of the regular season, the Clippers picked up right where they left off in their second visit. LA trailed 2-0 to start, but then scored the next seven points and led the rest of the way, earning a 131-107 victory.
Kawhi Leonard was the leading scorer for the Clippers with 23 points in 25 minutes, as all five starters were able to rest the entirety of the fourth quarter in the blowout win. Paul George and Patrick Beverley each added 15, while Reggie Jackson led the second unit with 16 points off the bench.
Lou Williams sat out the game with a sore right calf, but his presence wasn’t exactly missed. Jackson ably directed the bench offense, Rodney McGruder and Patrick Patterson stepped in for spot minutes, and the Clippers rolled anyway. Every player who entered the game scored, and seven were in double figures.
This is the 13th time this season that the Clippers have scored at least 130 points; they are 12-1 in such games, the lone loss coming in a double-overtime defeat to Boston. The 24-point margin of victory is the ninth-largest of the season. This is also the third time in franchise history, and second time in 2019-20, that LA has made at least 20 3-pointers, as eight players cashed in at least one triple.
With the win, Doc Rivers moves into a tie with Red Auerbach for 11th on the coaches all-time win list at 938.
The biggest story of the evening, given the lack of drama on the court, was the atmosphere at the Chase Center. Although the game was allowed to proceed as scheduled, fans did not exactly come out in droves to see the Warriors, and it wasn’t because of their poor record.
There were reports that San Francisco officials had asked the Warriors to call off the game due to the threat of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, but Golden State denied the request. Evidently, many fans weren’t comfortable being in such a large public setting, particularly since mass events have already been canceled in Santa Clara County.
This was also the first game that the Clippers have had to conduct media availability in a mixed zone instead of the locker room, with an increased buffer between players and reporters.
NBA post-game for the times. pic.twitter.com/LWfvl8DN4x— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) March 11, 2020
The Clippers return to Los Angeles tomorrow and will host the Brooklyn Nets Friday.