Clippers held at Bay in defeat

first_imgThe Clippers had another subpar night on offense after matching their season low in points (74) against the Spurs on Monday. They shot just 41 percent, and were outrebounded 48-35. Tim Thomas had 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Clippers, who lost for the third time in four games following a three-game winning streak and are in a tough stretch, with four of five games on the road. The Clippers are home against Detroit on Sunday before playing at San Antonio, Houston and Charlotte in a four-day span next week. “You have to bring it right now,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. The Clippers had won the previous two meetings and nine of 11 against Golden State, but the Warriors took a 65-48 lead at halftime. The Warriors finally have the healthy lineup that coach Don Nelson has believed all along could make a legitimate playoff push. A lot still must go right, yet the Warriors are doing what they can to remain in the race. Having Baron Davis back sure makes a big difference. OAKLAND – The Clippers are fighting to hold on to the No. 8 and final spot in the Western Conference playoff race, but it was Golden State that looked more like the team that really wanted a postseason berth Friday night. The Warriors, who are currently No. 10 in the West, tightened up the playoff race with a 99-89 win over the Clippers, who still have sole possession of the No. 8 spot. But Sacramento is just a game back, and Golden State is 1 1/2 games behind. “They just seemed like a team that wanted it more than us in that first half,” said Clippers forward Elton Brand, who had 11points, nine rebounds and five assists. “We have to play with confidence, play loose. We can’t put any added pressure on ourselves. “We’re trying to catch the teams ahead of us with the teams behind us trying to make a charge. It’s a tight race.” center_img Davis had 25 points, sevenrebounds and three assists to lead Golden State. “Baron came in and saved us,” Nelson said. Reserve Matt Barnes added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who have their first three-game winning streak since November. Golden State hasn’t been to the playoffs since 1994, the league’s longest drought. “We’re getting closer and closer to the playoffs, and everybody believes we can make the playoffs,” Warriors center Andris Biedrins said. “We’ve got to stick together.” Golden State’s Jason Richardson was held to eight points and played only 17 minutes because of foul trouble, but the Warriors got enough balance from the rest of their roster for a key win. Stephen Jackson had 16 points and six assists, and Al Harrington added 12 points and sixboards. “When Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson play together, it sets the tempo,” Nelson said. “It’s just a contagious thing and it’s happening at the perfect time of the year.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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