The Clippers held off the feisty Warriors, 126-115 in LA last night in a game featuring two of the NBA’s best point guards having monster nights, a skirmish before the half, and afterward … some chapel drama was revealed.
Chris Paul scored 42 points and had 15 assists for the Clippers, including back-to-back alley-oops to Blake Griffin (wait for the 3rd – CP didn’t throw it). He was 16-of-17 from the line and had six steals.
Stephen Curry scored 38 points on blistering 12-of-23 shooting – including 9-of-14 on three-pointers. He did have 11 turnovers, but shot the Warriors back into the game in the 4th quarter.
Andrew Bogut and DeAndre Jordan nearly got into a fight in the second quarter after a seemingly harmless foul by Bogut. Clearly, the Warriors aren’t backing down from Lob City, which might be the mouthiest team in the league.
The story that will get the most pickup is this: Due to issues with the Warriors last season, the Clippers decided they didn’t want to have pregame chapel with the them this season.
According to multiple sources, the Warriors were surprisingly given a separate, earlier, time for their own chapel services. The Clippers held their own private chapel.
“Man, they don’t want to have chapel with us?” one team source asked. “I never heard that before, but OK.”
The bad blood between the Clippers and Warriors extend back to last season, when Golden State took 3 of 4 against Los Angeles. One of the biggest victories of the last season was an upset of the Clippers at Staples Center in the third game of the season. It was the game after Brandon Rush was lost for the season with a knee injury, and the Warriors responded with a spirited performance.
The Clippers took exception to the Warriors’ celebration antics.
Golden State’s antics? Oh.
The teams next meet on Christmas night, and the game’s on ESPN, so brace yourself for the hype. [via Inside the Warriors]