Saturday night featured a primetime matchup between two of the West’s hottest teams, Golden State, and the LA Clippers. The Warriors, who haven’t lost back-to-back games all seasons are fresh off a loss to Portland where Damian Lillard netted 51 points. The Clippers have been scorching lately, winning four of their last five contests and continue to impress without Blake Griffin. The Dubs would barely get by the Clips, pulling off a 115-112 victory behind a great effort from Draymond Green.
Golden State was up 115-109 before Pablo Prigioni buried a triple to cut the lead to three. With 5.1 seconds left, all the Warriors need to do is get the ball in play and knock down their free throws. Instead, Andre Iguodala throws an errant pass and C.J. Wilcox picks it up but can’t get off a good look as the buzzer sounds.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson had great nights, tallying 23 and 32 points, respectively. Draymond Green notched his league-leading 11th triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and ten assists. He becomes the seventh player since 1983 to record at least 11 triple-doubles in a season, joining Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Fat Lever, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, and Russell Westbrook, according to Basketball-Reference.
The Warriors improve to 11-0 in Green’s triple-double games, and Green now averages 15.6 points, 11.4 assists, and 11.7 rebounds in those games.
*All data courtesy of Basketball-Reference*
*Photo Credit: Danny Moloshok / AP Photo*