Blake Griffin put up 30 points and added 15 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Golden State Warriors, 111-98. This is the ninth win in a row for Los Angeles (46-20). The streak began with a 125-117 victory over Oklahoma City on February 23rd.
Griffin finished 13-28 and converted 4-8 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Los Angeles were Danny Granger with 18 points and 6 rebounds, Chris Paul with 16 points and 12 assists, and DeAndre Jordan with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Klay Thompson had another strong performance for Golden State despite the loss, scoring 26 points on 10-19 shooting, including 4-6 from behind the arc. Stephen Curry chipped in 13 points and 11 assists.
The sharp-shooting offense of Los Angeles played well despite facing the defense of Golden State that ranks second-best in the league at contesting shots (47.4% opponents' eFG%), ending the contest with an eFG% of 53.4%.
This loss snaps a five-game winning streak for Golden State, dropping them to 41-25 on the year.
Coming up next, the Clippers take on the Utah Jazz, who are 22-43 on the year. The Warriors match up with the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently 25-40 this season. The Clippers came away with a win in two straight games against Utah. The Warriors are 1-0 versus Cleveland this season.