OAKLAND -- The Los Angeles Clippers, headed for a second straight blowout loss in two nights, cranked up the physicality. They swiped, pushed, smacked and clobbered, hoping to derail the Warriors.

It didn't work.

The Warriors (22-10) bucked back, beating the Clippers 115-94 on Wednesday night, displaying the resilience and confidence that has marked their season.

"I said it against Utah when (Paul) Millsap said we weren't a physical team," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "The streets are lying. That was our old identity. We will embrace force and meet force with force. It does not mean we're going to have great nights every nights, but we're not running for the hills."

The Warriors' much anticipated showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers proved to be the latest statement of Golden State's legitimacy. The Warriors (22-10) handled one of the best teams in the NBA.

Winner of 17 straight before losing Tuesday in Denver, Los Angeles left Oracle Arena with its second straight defeat and just a 21/2-game lead over the Warriors in the Pacific Division standings.

The Clippers had no answer for Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who when he was scoring (31 points on 11-of-16 shooting) was attracting the Clippers' defense and bringing fluidity to the offense (eight assists). Los Angeles couldn't contain Warriors forward David Lee, who schooled Clippers star Blake Griffin to the tune of 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.


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And on offense, the Clippers ran into a brick wall. The Warriors held Los Angeles to 36.3 percent shooting and out-rebounded them by 15, paving the way for the Warriors' fourth straight win.

The Warriors are now 7-1 when they hold opponents below 40 percent and 20-2 when they win the battle of the boards.

"We just got beat from start to finish," said Clippers forward Matt Barnes, a key figure on the Warriors' "We Believe" playoff squad from 2007. The bottom line was they beat us to the punch tonight in every aspect."

The Warriors went on a crazy run early to take control of the game. Guard Klay Thompson, who finished with 19 points, highlighted a 15-0 run with two 3-pointers, the latter putting the Warriors ahead 26-8.

But by the end of the quarter, the Clippers had whittled the Warriors' lead to single-digits, and it was 35-31 midway through the second quarter. But Curry took over to stop the Clippers' tide.

First he nailed a 3-pointer to put Golden State up 10, then followed that with a floater in the lane. The Warriors' lead was up to 58-45 after Curry banked in a runner for a three-point play. Golden State led by 13 at the half.

After the Warriors racked up 62 points on 53.5 percent shooting in the first half, the Clippers stepped up the physicality. Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul increased his pressure, and the Clippers aggressively trapped the Warriors guards.

And the Los Angeles bigs pulled out the elbows, the body checks for players coming through the lane, the hard fouls on layup attempts.

It was clear Golden State was in for a fight.

But the Warriors were up for the challenge. It took them a while to adjust, as they settled for plenty of jumpers for much of the third quarter. The Warriors' lead was down to 72-62 after a jumper by the Clippers' Jamal Crawford with 3:19 left in the third.

But Golden State mustered some of the resiliency that has marked its season and grinded out a run to close the third. Two Harrison Barnes free throws, a Jarrett Jack for a fast-break layup and a Carl Landry hook in the lane pushed the lead back to 16. After a runner by Paul, Lee got Oracle to its feet by cutting for a two-hand dunk.

Clippers forward Lamar Odom then clobbered Jack coming off a screen, knocking Jack into the scorer's table. Moments later, Lee drove to the basket and was hit hard in midair.

As he slid on his backside, Lee stared at Griffin and clapped emphatically.

"We have to be physical," Curry said. "Those are bruisers out there. For you to have a chance to win every night, you have to protect the paint and rebound the ball. Those are physical aspects of the game. We did that tonight."

  • Barnes was looking forward to Wednesday's game as much as anyone.

    He still holds fond memories of Oracle Arena as an integral player for Don Nelson when the eighth-seeded Warriors knocked off the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round in 2007.

    "My time here is still the best I've had in my career," Barnes said before the game. "These fans are great. And with the Warriors playing well, I know they're going to be so hyped. I've seen how crazy it gets in here. I love it."

  • Rookie guard Kent Bazemore and second-year big man Jeremy Tyler were called up from the NBA Development League on Wednesday after playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

    Saturday's game

    Warriors (22-10) at L.A. Clippers (25-8), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA