The Clippers, who have lost six of eight, were routed by the Sacramento Kings 125-100 on Monday.
“That was a royal beating,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “I want them to remember. I want this game to hurt. I want them to be embarrassed by the outcome.”
That was exactly the sentiment felt by Elton Brand, who led Los Angeles with 24 points.
“It’s just embarrassing,” Brand said. “We lost some tough, close games that we could have won. And today, we just didn’t bring it at all.”
The only bright spot for Los Angeles on Monday was the return of Quentin Richardson, who had missed four of the previous five games with a sprained right hand.
“It felt pretty good. I’m pleased with it,” said Richardson, who had 18 points in 35 minutes. “I was able to take a couple of hits on it and keep playing through it.”
The Warriors have split their last six games following a season-high, seven-game losing streak. They are coming off Monday’s 101-85 victory over the short-handed Utah Jazz.
Erick Dampier scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season.
“Damp played another good game,” coach Eric Musselman said. “We talked about things. He’s been in a good frame of mind all season.”
“We knew we had an opportunity to pound the ball inside tonight,” Dampier said. “I just feel what I’m doing now I could have done the last couple years, but I had some injuries. And now I’m showing people what I’m capable of doing.”
Dampier, fourth in the league with 11.3 rebounds per game, is averaging 18.3 points over his last three outings—more than double his career average.
STANDINGS (through Jan. 19): Warriors - 4th place (tied), 13 GB, Pacific Division. Clippers - 4th place (tied), 13 GB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Warriors - Richardson, 18.1 ppg; Dampier, 11.3 rpg; Van Exel, 5.9 apg. Clippers - Maggette, 20.1 ppg; Brand, 12.2 rpg; Jaric, 4.4 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Clippers, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 14; Clippers, 104-98. At Oakland, Calif., Dunleavy finished with a season-low seven points in the NBA’s first official father-son matchup in 27 years. Chris Wilcox scored a career-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds to lead Los Angeles.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Warriors - 4-16 on the road; Clippers - 12-11 at home.