Without new acquisition Andrew Bogut, the Golden State Warriors were still able to use a balanced scoring effort to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-110 on Saturday night.
David Lee and Carl Landry were extremely physical with Blake Griffin, who had just 19 points on 4-of-12 shooting on the night. Stephen Curry and Landry led the Warriors with 23 points apiece, who pick up their first victory against a high-quality opponent.
Golden State looked like the poor defensive team of the last few seasons against this potent Clippers offense, but was able to score 114 to hold off a late charge. Coach Mark Jackson will certainly take it, especially against an offensive catalyst like Chris Paul.
The Clippers only got 32 points in the paint against starting center Festus Ezeli and the rest of the Warrior big men—a disappointing stat with Bogut on the sidelines. Both teams are now 2-1 on the young season.
Player of the Game - PF Carl Landry, Golden State Warriors
The new reserve power forward had a great game against Blake Griffin, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor.
He also was a pest to Griffin for most of the evening, getting in several strength wars with the young high-flyer that ended in fouls. The toughness kept Griffin from getting going, however, and he wasn't able to put up huge numbers by dunking on anyone in his path.
Landry is a rugged forward with a solid jump shot, and fits right in with the new mold of this Warrior team. If they want to make the playoffs, they'll have to rely on guys like Landry to carry the load while Bogut continues to get healthy.
Next Up for the Warriors
Golden State will travel to in-state rival Sacramento to take on the Kings on Monday night. Golden State will look to keep the Kings winless on the season, while picking up a third win of its own.
Next Up for the Clippers
The Clippers will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday at the Staples Center, marking a fourth straight game where they do not have to leave L.A. Cleveland is still looking for its second win on the season, and led by Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao, they won't be an easy out.