Brand, Clippers subdue Warriors
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand scored 31 points, grabbed 12
rebounds and blocked a career-high eight shots to lead the Los Angeles
Clippers over the Golden State Warriors, 103-90, at the Staples Center.
Corey Maggette added 18 points and eight rebounds and Shaun Livingston tallied
14 points to go along with a career-high 14 assists for the Clippers, who
ended a four-game losing streak. Tim Thomas had 17 points and 10 boards and
Cuttino Mobley tallied 15 points for Los Angeles, which won for just the
second time in nine games.
“Defensively we did an excellent job,” said LA head coach Mike Dunleavy. “We
were active and aggressive. That’s the way we have to play. Elton did a great
job of controlling the paint and blocking shots.”
Al Harrington had 24 points and seven boards to lead the Warriors, who had a
two-game win streak snapped. Jason Richardson added 18 points for Golden
State, which has lost nine of its last 11 versus the Clippers.
Ahead 83-81 a little less than midway through the fourth quarter, the Clippers
ripped off eight straight points to forge ahead by 10 points. Maggette scored
five points during the surge, which gave LA a 91-81 cushion.
The lead later ballooned to 103-88 after a Mobley three-pointer with 26.8
“This is one of our better defensive games of the season,” said Brand. “I
enjoy blocking shots it sends a message. It was a team effort.”
Los Angeles, which led 28-26 after one quarter and went into the half down
51-50, received only eight points from the bench.
The Clippers led 76-74 after three quarters.
Thomas left the game in the fourth quarter with back spasms and did not
return…This is the third time that Brand has blocked eight shots in a
game…Stephen Jackson had 13 points for the Warriors…LA hit 25-of-35 free
throws…Golden State hit 10-of-15 free throws…The Clippers outboarded the