Quinton Ross responded with a season-high 14 points, all in the second half, and played a season-high 36 minutes in helping the Clippers to their second win in as many days, 98-87 over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
“With Corey going down and being short-handed, Quinton gave us a great game,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy. “Everybody who came in gave us a nice lift.”
Ross, Elton Brand and Rick Brunson accounted for 27 of the Clippers’ 30 points in the fourth quarter. Brand finished with 17 points and Bobby Simmons had 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as the Clippers won for the 12th time in 15 games in Oakland.
“When someone goes down, we need guys to step up and those guys came in and did a great job,” Simmons said. “Quinton made a lot of great shots and Brunson ran the floor for us.”
“We’ve got to establish some presence in the paint,” Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. “We’re real anxious to take the first shot we’ve got and we have to get over that. They got 13-of-16 from two guys off the bench. They stepped up and made shots.”
The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Maggette, who scored 26 points in the Clippers’ win over Golden State earlier this month, left the game after falling awkwardly while trying to block Pietrus’ 3-pointer. He returned late in the third quarter, but only lasted three minutes before coming out for good.
“The second unit came in and provided energy,” said Brunson, who is playing with his seventh team in eight years. “I just felt like we were both making shots. I wasn’t looking for my shot; I was just open. ‘Q’ did a great job of being aggressive. That’s the important thing.”
Claxton’s driving jumper gave the Warriors a 60-58 lead with 3:03 left in the third quarter, but the Clippers went on a 10-2 run the rest of the way to take a 68-62 lead into the final quarter.
“We let two guys come in the fourth quarter and let them win the game for them,” Claxton said. “It’s getting frustrating. We played them earlier in the year and we let them hand it to us. It was the same way tonight.”
The Clippers led by as many as 12 late in the first quarter after Mikki Moore sank a hook shot from six feet out with 1:22 left. The Warriors have been outscored eight times in 12 games in the first quarter.
The Warriors, led by Claxton’s 10-of-10 shooting from the foul line, crept within one in the second quarter before settling for a 46-42 halftime deficit despite shooting just over 28 percent.
Clippers G Kerry Kittles missed his second straight game with a bruised right knee. He’s appeared in one game after playing in all 82 with the New Jersey Nets last season. … Murphy returned to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday’s triple-overtime victory over the New Orleans Hornets with a bruised left knee. … Warriors C Dale Davis made his second straight start after coming off the bench in the first 10 games. … Dunleavy is now 4-2 when coaching against his son. … Warriors coach Mike Montgomery was called for his first career technical with 3:42 remaining to play.