The game was never close, as Golden State led by double digits after the first quarter of play. Guard Stephen Curry stayed hot the entire evening, going 8-of-10 from the field and leading his team with 22 points.
The Warriors had six players score double digits, including Andrew Bogut, who grabbed 17 rebounds to go along with his 14 points. The home squad shot 49.5 percent from the field, despite going 6-of-21 from beyond the arc.
Blake Griffin paced the Clippers with 27 points, DeAndre Jordan pulled down 20 rebounds and Darren Collison added 22 points while dishing out five assists, but it was not enough for Los Angeles, as they were outplayed the entire evening.
The game did not disappoint, especially from a hype standpoint. After the two teams battled in two previous meetings, they matched up for the first time since a postgame confrontation in December.
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle provided some in-game insight via Twitter on Curry, who was having another great evening:
#Warriors 56, Clippers 43 (3:36, 2nd) Stephen Curry didn't commit his first turnover until 4:01 remained in the 2nd. GSW has only 5 TOs.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) January 31, 2014
Halfway through the game, the Warriors were taken over. Not on the court, however. San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo took over the Warriors Twitter account with Golden State up by double digits.
Romo was all over the coverage, using the hashtag #RomoTakeover. Here are some of his best moments:
The Warriors gave Romo a #DubNation T-shirt for his participation. He enjoyed the rest of the game from a suite. Romo wouldn't have to worry about the Warriors not getting a "dub" of their own, as they blew out Los Angeles by more than 15 points.
The Warriors still find themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. They are building, however. A run-and-gun style offense still needs to learn to play defense. If they can continue playing the way they did against a Top 5 team in the West, then they should be able to do it all season long.
As for Los Angeles, the Clippers find themselves among the best in the Western Conference with the All-Star break nearing. Getting Chris Paul back will be necessary, but developing a better defense should be the main goal for Los Angeles.
The Western Conference, especially the Pacific Division, will be fun to watch as the rest of the NBA season unfolds.