Warriors storm home to complete comeback win over Clippers

Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after hitting a three-pointer and getting fouled in the second half as the Golden State Warriors played the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, February 23, 2017. There is no doubt that Golden State needed some sort of spark, just as everyone knew where that spark was going to come from.

Los Angeles will have star guard Chris Paul back in the line-up for the first time since January 16 following surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left thumb. Only this time, the last moment was the third quarter, and the result was yet another humiliating loss for Los Angeles.

"We didn't have much fire in the first half", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the first 24 minutes following an eight-day All-Star break.

The Clippers, who led by 12 at halftime, somehow allowed the Warriors to put up 50 points in the 3rd quarter. Kevin Durant went 6-for-7 in the third. The play where he dribbles around everyone on the court for what feels like forever then as soon as the shot clock is about to expire, pulls up from about five feet behind the three point line and drains it.

Well this time it was from 31 feet and it was as the third quarter was expiring.

The Warriors opened the fourth quarter on a 12-1 run, putting the Clippers in a hole they'd never be able to dig themselves out of. And when 3-pointers rained down, the seeds stirred; they then sprouted under the hot plasma of the Warriors cluster of stars.

After closing within 44-41 on a Shaun Livingston dunk with 3:59 remaining in the second quarter, Los Angeles responded with a 17-4 burst to put the Warriors in the largest deficit they'd face the entire game.

The Warriors improved to 48-9 on the season with the victory.

Pundits have long tried to give Warriors-Clippers the "rivalry" tag.

Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers each scored 19 points to lead the Clippers.

  • Julie Sanders