David Lee and Stephen Curry scored 22 points apiece to lead the Golden State Warriors to a comfortable 111-92 home victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Lee was the Warriors' most complete player Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, scoring 22 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Curry, the Warriors' All-Star point guard, had a nearly perfect shooting night, going 8-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, and also making both of his attempts from the free-throw line.
He also effectively orchestrated the Warriors' offense, tallying seven assists and committing just three turnovers.
Center Andrew Bogut, meanwhile, was a major factor in the victory, dominating the paint to the tune of 14 points, 17 rebounds - including seven offensive rebounds - and three blocked shots.
His efforts helped the Warriors easily win the rebounding and points-in-the-paint battles over the Clippers by margins of 53-34 and 66-22, respectively.
Both teams' offenses dominated the first half, which ended with the Warriors on top 64-56. But Golden State's defense came alive in during the pivotal third quarter, in which the Warriors outscored their opponents 26-11 to effectively put the game out of reach.
Blake Griffin scored 27 points for Los Angeles but he made little contribution defensively or on the boards, while point guard Darren Collison, who is playing in place of injured All-Star Chris Paul, added 22 in a losing effort.
The rebounding burden fell almost entirely on Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who hauled down a game-high 20 boards.
Los Angeles had its four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 33-16, the fourth-best record in the Western Conference.
The Warriors improved to 28-19 but remained in seventh place in the West and were unable to make up any ground on the surprising Phoenix Suns, who remained in sixth place after upsetting the Indiana Pacers 102-94 Thursday night in Indianapolis.
In one other game Thursday, the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to four games by routing the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-86 at Madison Square Garden. EFE