The most important stretch of games for the Golden State Warriors this season is starting to produce the kind of results they’ve been looking for.
“The next week and a half will really tell our season,” Ellis said. “Being in the West, we can’t fall back two games. Two games is like four or five in the West.”
Vladimir Radmanovic hit a pair of 3-pointers during the key 10-0 run in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. He finished with 13 points and David Lee added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors.
Blake Griffin had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Eric Gordon scored 28 for a Clippers team that failed again to piece together a four-game winning streak. Los Angeles was trying to win four in a row for the first time since the beginning of the 2007-08 season after a big victory over Miami earlier this week.
“We can’t let down just because we lost this game,” Gordon said. “We have some big games coming up. This is a lesson. We just have to get back to playing basketball like we were.”
The Clippers’ neighbors to the north weren’t about to become the milestone marker.
Radmanovic broke a 106-all tie on a 3-pointer with a little more than 3 minutes remaining. He followed up with another, and Lee and Ellis hit layups to help Golden State go in front by double-digits for a much-needed win after a demoralizing, last-minute loss to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Wednesday night.
The game was just the second in a long stretch of home games for Golden State that includes playing 13 of 14 at Oracle Arena. The Warriors will need a strong showing during this part of their schedule—which started with the loss to the Lakers—to have any chance to jump into the playoff mix.