LOS ANGELES (TICKER) —The Golden State Warriors were not about to fail a sixth time.
Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas each scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack, helping the Warriors to their first four-game winning streak in over three years with a 108-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Warriors had won three in a row on five other occasions this season but were unable to pick up a fourth straight win until meeting the lowly Clippers.
It is the Warriors’ first four-game run since January 27-February 4, 2000. Golden State has not had a five-game winning streak since the start of the 1994-95 season, when Don Nelson was the coach.
“It’s a nice position to be in now,” Jamison said. “We’ve just to go out there and work hard, do the little things. We’re probably one of the most prepared teams in the league. We go over so much tape and paper work.”
“The locker room has never been better as far as team chemistry,” Warriors first-year coach Eric Musselman said. “We’ve got a lot of guys contributing in a lot of different areas and I think the players are enjoying winning right now.”
Jamison and Arenas paced six players in double figures as the Warriors led by double digits virtually the entire way and by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Golden State also finished February with an 8-5 record after going 8-7 in January. It is the first time the franchise has had consecutive winning months since the final four months of the 1993-94 season.
“For us, we’re at point where we expect to win,” Warriors rookie forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. said. “I think it’s been a while since this organization has had that. So that’s a big step for us.”
“I think what we’ve trying to do this season is improve and go out there and get some wins,” Warriors guard Jason Richardson said. “I think everybody just wants to win. We’ve got guys here that are putting individual goals behind them and thinking of the team first.”
The Clippers were so bad in their latest loss that their only lead of the contest came after Andre Miller’s layup 21 seconds into the contest.
Jamison scored six points and Erick Dampier netted the final five, helping the Warriors open a 24-9 lead with 4:36 left in the first quarter. Golden State held a 30-20 lead after one quarter, and led by double-digits the rest of the way.
“They ran out on us and got some easy plays,” Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. “I thought that’s where the game was. I understand they’re struggling offensively. I still think we’ve got to line up and play defensively and we didn’t do that.”
The Warriors enjoyed their largest lead of the opening half at 50-29 following Troy Murphy’s 15-foot jumper at the 3:57 mark.
Thanks to the Clippers’ ineptness on the offensive end, the Warriors enjoyed an 18-point lead at the break. Los Angeles shot a woeful 29 percent (15-of-51) in the first half.
“It was tough for us,” said Clippers guard Corey Maggette, who managed 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting. “A lot of guys tried tp step up today. We just weren’t scoring. We can’t put pressure on our bench guys to score like that.”
A driving layup by Odom pulled the Clippers within 70-59 with 5:24 left in the third quarter. But Arenas scored six points in a 17-8 surge to close the period to help the Warriors regain control.
Jason Richardson added 13 points, Murphy 11, and Dampier and Chris Mills each had 10 for the Warriors, who shot 44 percent (39-of-89).