In the first back-to-back of this young NBA season, the Golden State Warriors traveled to Los Angeles and defeated the Clipper by a score of 114-110. This win improves the Warriors to 2-0 on the road so far, and 1-1 against playoff teams from last season.
The main reason for the Warriors victory in this game, much like that of the first game, was bench production. Carl Landry has been the hottest bench player in the league so far, putting up 23 points and 10 rebounds tonight and taking his season averages to 20 points and seven rebounds per game. Jarrett Jack also had a nice performance totaling 16 points and seven assists. The Warriors are already reaping the benefits from signing these two players in the off-season.
Stephen Curry finished with 23 points, but struggled from the floor, only shooting 6-16 and 2-7 from behind the arc. Klay Thompson had similar shooting struggles as he scored 17 points on 6-17 shooting. Besides the poor shooting from the starting backcourt, the main reason the Clippers were able to stick around this game was fouls. Every starter plus Landry and Jack had at least 4 fouls, and the Clippers ended up shooting 52 free throws while the Warriors only shot 39. Even with this lopsided foul differential, the Warriors persevered and grinded out a tough win on the road against a very good team.
Center Andrew Bogut sat out this game as coach Mark Jackson does not want to push him too hard as he returns to action from off-season surgery. It was also the first game without Brandon Rush, who tore his ACl last game and is out for the remainder of the year, but Jarrett Jack filled that scoring role nicely and Coach Jackson seemed to like playing Curry and Jack in the backcourt at the same time.
The Warriors return to action tonight as they travel up to Sacramento to take on the rival Kings in the Kings' home opener. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:00 PM EST/7:00 PM PST
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