OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - No technical fouls or flagrant fouls. No hard hits or out-of-the ordinary elbows. Not even a dust up or any extra chatter after the whistle.
David Lee had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 boards and the Warriors whipped the Clippers 111-92 Thursday night in the first game since the emerging Pacific Division rivals’ spirited Christmas meeting.
“If our defense is switched on like it was tonight,” Bogut said, “we have a chance to be a very good team.”
Stephen Curry scored 22 points and handed out seven assists, and Bogut added 14 points and three blocks to highlight Golden State’s dominating performance down low.
“We’ve had some special nights, so it’s not like we are trying to reach for something we are not capable of doing,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We are all well aware of it. What I liked about tonight was that we set the tone early and battled.”
Blake Griffin finished with 27 points, Darren Collison scored 22 and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds for Los Angeles, which had won four straight. The Clippers looked worn out after beating Washington on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, dropping to 10-4 since All-Star point guard Chris Paul has been sidelined with a separated right shoulder.
“I don’t think there was a chance for chippiness tonight,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “If anybody would have got chippy in this game, they would have been suspended for the year. Why would you be chippy tonight? You’re down by 30.”
Golden State improved to 2-1 against the Clippers this season, with the home team winning each time. The Warriors (28-19) also moved within four games of the Clippers (33-16) and percentage points of Phoenix (28-18) in the Pacific Division.
The Warriors had lost six of nine entering the game after winning 10 in a row. Jackson had called out his team for playing down to its competition too often after a lackluster loss to the Wizards on Tuesday night.
Playing the Clippers was one matchup that Jackson didn’t have to worry about his team’s focus.
The series has grown increasingly testy the past two seasons as both franchises have transformed from perennial losers into Western Conference contenders. That included Golden State’s win in Oakland on Christmas night, which featured two ejections, two flagrant fouls and three technical fouls.
Emotions never escalated in the rematch.