Los Angeles, CA - The Los Angeles Clippers were coming off of a very disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night and came up with a big win over the Golden State Warriors this evening. Both teams were gunning for points and combined for a total of 241 points on the evening. Chris Paul and Stephen Curry were going back and forth at each other all night long and both players put together masterful games.
Stephen Curry led the way for the Golden State Warriors with 38 points on 14-23 shooting, including 9-14 from behind the three-point arc, and also dished out 9 assists to his teammates. Despite those great number, Curry struggled with turnovers and committed 11 on the night. David Lee scored 22 points on 8-15 shooting from the field and grabbed five rebounds as well in the loss. Andrew Bogut played a very good game as well, scoring 17 points and grabbing six rebounds. Andre Iguodala (14) and Klay Thompson (10) were the only other two double digit scorers for the Warriors on the night, while Iguodala also dished out 11 assists to record a double-double.
Chris Paul played perhaps the best game of his career by scoring 42 points on 12-20 shooting and also shot 16-17 at the free-throw line. He was more aggressive on offense than he has ever been with the Clippers and it appears that Doc Rivers got to him and asked him to lead the way offensively for L.A. Paul also recorded 15 assists and six steals on the night. Blake Griffin recorded a double-double for the Clippers as well, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Griffin connected on multiple highlight dunks as well this evening. Jamal Crawford (17), J.J. Redick (17), and Jared Dudley (10) all scored in double figures for the Clippers.
Overall, this is one of the best match-ups that we can expect to see on the season. Both of these teams are fast-paced teams that love to get up and down the court on any chance they can get. The point guard duel between Curry and Paul is one of the best in the NBA as well. Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson are great coaches to watch and they both have their teams in contention to make some noise come playoff time.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.