(Sports Network) - The last time the Los Angeles Clippers lost on the road was
against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 2. The Clippers can exact revenge
Monday night when they head back to Oakland to close out the season series.
The Clippers have won three in a row as the visitor since dropping a 115-94
decision at Golden State and are riding four-game winning streak. They
welcomed back point guard Chris Paul in Saturday's 94-87 victory over the
Washington Wizards and the All-Star totaled 22 points and 11 assists.
Paul missed three straight games with a bruised right knee cap.
"It was cool to be back on the court," said Paul, who has at least one steal
in 49 straight games. "Blake (Griffin) and I didn't shoot well tonight, but
offensive rebounds was how we won."
Griffin ended with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who are 7-1 in
the last eight games. L.A. is tied with Oklahoma City and San Antonio with 32
wins and is 13-5 on the road.
The Clippers have been stingy on defense this season, siting fourth in the
league with 92.7 points allowed. In milestone news for the Clippers, forward
Lamar Odom is one double-double shy of 300 in his career. That number could
take some time to reach because Odom is averaging just 3.6 points and 5.7
rebounds this season. However, Odom has posted 10-plus rebounds in each of the
last three games.
Golden State got back into the win column with a 116-112 road victory Saturday
against the New Orleans Hornets and welcomed back star point guard Stephen
Curry. Curry had missed two straight games with an ankle issue and registered
20 points, seven assists and four steals.
Curry has scored 20-plus points in his last four games played. Jarrett Jack,
who stepped up in the games Curry missed, led the way with 25 points and 12
assists off the bench to help Golden State end a season-high three-game skid.
"People tend to say that you play with a chip on your shoulder when you play
against your old team," said Jack. "I play with a chip on my shoulder all of
the time. Nothing has ever been given to me in this league."
Klay Thompson scored 24 of his game-high 29 points in the first half. The
Warriors are 20-4 when leading at halftime this season.
The Warriors set a first-half season-high with 67 points and played without
forward David Lee, who did not play because of a left ankle injury. Lee is
questionable for Monday. Carl Landry made his first start as a Warrior in
Lee's place and tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Golden State, which is ninth in the NBA with 100.5 ppg, will also host
Oklahoma City on its quick homestand and is 12-6 in Oakland this season. It
leads the season series with the Clippers, 2-1, and has won four of the past
six meetings between the Pacific Division foes.
The Warriors are 12-2 in the last 14 at home versus the division-leading
Clippers. L.A. is seven games ahead of Golden State in the division standings.
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