Davis, Warriors down Clippers
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Baron Davis scored 25 points and pulled down
seven rebounds, as the Warriors continued their push toward a possible playoff
spot with a 99-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Matt Barnes contributed 16 points and Stephen Jackson had 15 for Golden State,
which has won its last three contests following a six-game skid. The Warriors,
who haven’t been to the playoffs since the 1993-94 season, have their longest
winning streak since a five-game surge in November.
Golden State is within 1 1/2 games of the Clippers for the eighth spot in the
Western Conference, and the postseason buzz was evident at the end of the
game, as the Warriors received a big ovation from the playoff-starved crowd.
“I think the reason we’ve won the three games is because we’ve been playing
great defense as a team,” Jackson said. “Everybody from the bench guys to the
starters have been playing defense and we can score points. We know that but
we’ve got to go out there and try to guard guys. We’ve been doing that the
last few games and we’ve got to keep that up.”
Corey Maggette had 20 points for the Clippers, who never led and suffered
their second consecutive defeat. Cuttino Mobley added 15 points and Tim Thomas
tallied 14 points and nine boards for the visitors.
“We have to play with confidence, play loose,” LA’s Elton Brand said. “We
can’t put any added pressure on ourselves and we’re trying to catch the teams
ahead of us with the teams behind us trying to make a charge. It’s a tight
The Warriors led by as many as 18 points before the Clippers made a game of it
in the fourth.
Barnes’ layup moved the Warriors to an 87-72 advantage 13 seconds into the
fourth, but Daniel Ewing’s bucket capped a 15-4 run, bringing LA within four.
A pair of Mobley free throws still had the Clippers within four at 93-89 with
3:23 remaining, but Jackson responded with a tip-in, and the Clippers bumbled
their way down the stretch, missing their final nine shots.
Davis essentially sealed the win as his fadeaway jumper stretched the margin
to 97-89 with a minute remaining.
The Warriors led 36-32 after one quarter and 55-38 at the half.
The season series is even through four games…Golden State held a 48-35
advantage on the glass…Monta Ellis and Al Harrington each scored 12 for the
Warriors…Brand and Jason Hart each had 11 points for LA.