The Warriors try to carry that improved effort on the road when they visit the Clippers Wednesday as the Pacific Division rivals complete a home-and-home series.
Golden State (19-20) is allowing 106.6 points per game in 2006-07, and has held its opponent under 100 points just 12 times, going 10-2 in those contests. The Warriors’ defense tightened up Monday, holding the Clippers to just 14 fourth-quarter points en route to a 108-93 victory - snapping a three-game skid.
“I think it was a sense of desperation,” Golden State reserve forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. said. “They made a little run at the beginning of the first quarter and we called a timeout. We realized that we can’t let this one slip away. For whatever reason, we were able to buckle down.”
Dunleavy recorded 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds after combining for just six points in his previous two games. The strong performance came against his father, Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy Sr., who still holds a 9-4 advantage in meetings with his son.
“The game plan was to play up-tempo,” said Davis, who is averaging 18.2 points in his career against the Clippers. “We just wanted to penetrate and get some easy buckets. That’s what we talked about after the last game, playing unselfish basketball.”
Unselfish play is crucial for a Golden State club riddled with injuries. Mickael Pietrus (sprained left ankle), Adonal Foyle (sprained right ankle) and Keith McLeod (abdominal muscle strain) will all be gametime decisions Wednesday, while Jason Richardson is out with a broken hand.
The Warriors are trying to improve their 4-13 mark on the road, where they are allowing an average of 113.5 points this season. Golden State has given up 272 points in back-to-back road defeats to Memphis and Phoenix.
Despite winning consecutive matchups against the Clippers, the Warriors have lost four straight road meetings against them. The Clippers (17-21), who are 12-7 at the Staples Center, are opening a five-game homestand after playing seven of their last eight games on the road.
Los Angeles is trying to avoid a third straight loss after giving up 100 or more points in consecutive games and falling to 1-15 when allowing the opposition to reach the century mark.
“We haven’t been winning or playing well, but we have to stay together as a unit,” said Clippers forward Corey Maggette, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench Monday. “We just need to work harder in every aspect of the game in order to get ourselves to that next level.”
Los Angeles leading scorer Elton Brand, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds Monday, is averaging 21.5 points over the last eight games, but just 2.8 in the fourth quarter.