SAN FRANCSICO — — When opposing defenders give an excessive amount of consideration to Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins will get free and makes them pay.
Wiggins scored a season-high 31 factors, hitting two straight runs throughout a key streak halfway by means of the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-107 on Wednesday night time.
“Steph goes to be Steph, at all times,” Wiggins stated. “Tonight the ball was transferring and located lots of people, took a number of pictures.”
Wiggins shot 12 for 18 and tied his most 3-pointer this season with six in his third consecutive 20-point efficiency.
“He turns off the lights. He is been so constant on the court docket and on the 3-point line,” coach Steve Kerr stated. “You see how comfy he’s in our assault, consistently slipping on the sting.”
Curry added 22 factors, 9 assists and 6 rebounds, whereas Thompson scored 18 factors. He hit his first three pictures and two 3-pointers and 4 of his first 5 pictures on the best way to fifteen factors within the first quarter.
After a sluggish begin this season discovering his taking pictures rhythm, Thompson was coming off a season-best 41-point recreation in Houston on Sunday, during which he went 10 3s.
Marcus Morris Sr. had 19 factors to guide the Clippers and Terance Mann added 17. Amir Coffey scored his first three area objectives, however Los Angeles went simply 5 for 13 from lengthy vary within the first half to fall behind 66-47 on the break. whereas the Warriors shot 56.5%.
John Wall was restricted to 9 factors on 2-for-8 taking pictures and missed all three of his 3-point tries.
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard was out with a sprained proper ankle after touchdown on it on Monday as he tried to dam a fourth-quarter shot Monday night time in a house win over Utah.
Kerr desires to make use of Draymond Inexperienced extra usually with the second unit when attainable to offer the reserves a dependable ball handler and floor chief given their current fights.
“It appears to be like good and we will maintain doing it,” Kerr stated of Inexperienced main the second staff.
Early within the fourth, Inexperienced went the size of the ground and in ache, then removed Anthony Lamb for a lay-up that made it 103-82 with 10:41 left. Inexperienced completed with 12 assists, 9 factors and 7 rebounds.
“It is big for guys’ confidence,” Inexperienced stated.
Golden State clinched its fifth recreation within the final six with 30 or extra assists and leads the league. The Warriors dedicated simply 5 turnovers within the first half and 13 in whole, with Kerr insisting on caring for the ball.
The Warriors gained their seventh straight recreation at dwelling and improved to 8-1 at Chase Middle general.
Clippers: Coach Tyronn Lue does not know when Leonard will return. “I awoke with ache in my ankle. I noticed the sport, it was a bit greater than we thought,” Lue stated. “However he is advantageous, he feels higher, he is getting higher. We due to this fact have no idea of a timetable in the intervening time. … Los Angeles completed 11 for 28 over 3s. … The Clippers have misplaced 4 straight on the Warriors.
Warriors: Jordan Poole missed all eight of his 3-point makes an attempt on a uncommon night time off. Kerr was nonetheless pleased with Poole’s play though it did not present up in his stat line. … Jonathan Kuminga blocked a shot from John Wall within the stands within the third. … The Warriors are 5-1 at dwelling to the Western Convention. … Golden State hasn’t misplaced at dwelling to the Clippers since a 108-101 loss on Jan. 6, 2021. … As of this date in 2016, the Warriors have delivered a franchise-record 47 assists towards the Lakers.
Clippers: Host the Nuggets on Friday after dropping the final two to Denver.
Warriors: Host the Jazz on Friday on a four-game successful streak at dwelling to Utah.
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