The road to 2-0 for the Warriors has been at the expense of both teams in Los Angeles. Defeating the Lakers on Tuesday to kick off the 2021-22 season, the Warriors escaped from Staples with a 121-114 win, then moving on to defeat the Clippers, 115-113, from Chase Center.
Still without Kawhi Leonard due to recovering from a partially torn ACL, the Clippers appeared to lack the firepower to usurp Steph Curry‘s 45-point night. Curry put up 21 against the Lakers and counted his return as a rebound effort from the sub-par first game, per Curry’s standard.
Curry didn’t wait to heat up tonight: ending the first quarter going 9-of-9 shooting and 5-of-5 from 3-point territory for 25 points.
Paul George led the Clippers in scoring with 29 points in 37 minutes of action, adding 11 rebounds to fulfill the double-double and six assists. Center Ivica Zubac had an incredibly efficient performance: contributing 14 points in 17 minutes.
Two role players that stepped up for the Clippers in the 2020-21 postseason were guards Reggie Jackson and Terance Mann. In their season debut, both players combined for 22 points, playing 39 minutes each. The Clippers brought back both players on 2-year extensions following their valiant efforts, notably the Utah series. Despite the slow night, the Clippers still hold faith as the veteran Jackson and Mann assume more demanding roles as part of the offense and in the absence of Leonard.
Golden State’s Jordan Poole cooled down from his 20-point performance against the Lakers with 11 points on Thursday. Andrew Wiggins helped keep the team running hot, adding 17 points as the Warriors held on for the win.
The Clippers face off against the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night. The Warriors visit the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on Sunday.
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