SAN FRANCSICO — — When the opposing defenders focus an excessive amount of consideration on Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins lets free and makes them pay.
Wiggins scored a season-high 31 factors, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers throughout a key stretch halfway by way of the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-107 on Wednesday night time.
“Steph’s going to be Steph, all the time,” Wiggins stated. “Tonight the ball was transferring and located lots of people, made some pictures.”
Wiggins shot 12 for 18 and matched his most 3-pointers this season with six in his third straight 20-point efficiency.
“He is taking pictures the lights out. He is simply been so constant from the sphere and from the 3-point line,” coach Steve Kerr stated. “You see how snug he’s in our offense, consistently slipping to the rim.”
Curry added 22 factors, 9 assists and 6 rebounds, whereas Thompson scored 18 factors. He hit his first three pictures and two 3-pointers and 4 of his preliminary 5 pictures on the way in which to fifteen factors within the opening quarter.
After a sluggish begin this season discovering his taking pictures groove, Thompson was coming off a season-best 41-point sport at Houston on Sunday by which he made 10 3s.
Marcus Morris Sr. had 19 factors to steer the Clippers and Terance Mann added 17. Amir Coffey made his preliminary three discipline targets, however Los Angeles went simply 5 for 13 from lengthy vary within the first half to fall behind 66-47 on the break because the Warriors shot 56.5%.
John Wall was restricted to 9 factors on 2-for-8 taking pictures and missed all three of his 3-point tries.
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard sat out with a sprained proper ankle after he landed on it Monday whereas making an attempt to dam a shot within the fourth quarter Monday night time in a house victory over Utah.
Kerr desires to make use of Draymond Inexperienced extra recurrently with the second unit when potential to offer the reserves a dependable ballhandler and ground chief given their current struggles.
“It appears good and we’ll proceed to do it,” Kerr stated of Inexperienced main the second staff.
Early within the fourth, Inexperienced drove the size of the ground and into the ache then dished off to Anthony Lamb for a layup that made it 103-82 with 10:41 to play. Inexperienced completed with 12 assists, 9 factors and 7 rebounds.
“It is enormous for the arrogance of the fellows,” Inexperienced stated.
Golden State notched its fifth sport within the final six with 30 or extra assists and leads the league. The Warriors dedicated solely 5 first-half turnovers and 13 total as Kerr is confused taking good care of the ball.
Warriors received their seventh straight house sport and enhance to 8-1 at Chase Middle total.
Clippers: Coach Tyronn Lue is not certain when Leonard will return. “Wakened with some soreness in his ankle. Noticed the play, it was somewhat greater than we thought,” Lue stated. “However he is OK, feeling higher, getting higher. So we do not know a timetable proper now although.” … Los Angeles wound up 11 for 28 on 3s. … The Clippers have misplaced 4 straight on the Warriors’ house ground.
Warriors: Jordan Poole missed all eight of his 3-point makes an attempt in a uncommon off night time. Kerr was nonetheless happy with Poole’s sport even when it did n’t present in his stat line about him. … Jonathan Kuminga blocked a shot by John Wall into the stands within the third. … The Warriors are 5-1 at house in opposition to the Western Convention. … Golden State hasn’t misplaced at house to the Clippers since a 108-101 defeat on Jan. 6, 2021. … On this date in 2016, the Warriors dished out a franchise-record 47 assists in opposition to the Lakers.
Clippers: Host the Nuggets on Friday having dropped the previous two in opposition to Denver.
Warriors: Host the Jazz on Friday driving a four-game house successful streak vs. Utah.
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