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Jordan, Clippers beat Warriors 88-71

Source : AP
Last Updated: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 07:07 hrs

DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to an 88-71 exhibition victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

Blake Griffin finished with 14 points, seven boards and six assists for the Clippers (3-3), and Chris Paul had 11 points and nine assists during a team-high 26 minutes.

Coach Vinny Del Negro sat all of his starters throughout the fourth quarter after Los Angeles built a 79-53 lead. The Clippers outscored Golden State 24-2 in the points-off-turnovers department over the first three quarters, committing only five turnovers while forcing 19 by the Warriors.

Jarrett Jack had 14 points and David Lee added 12 points and nine rebounds for the injury-depleted Warriors, who were without Andris Biedrins because of tightness in his groin and Stephen Curry due to a sore right ankle. Center Andrew Bogut continues to recover from a fractured left ankle that occurred last January while he was with Milwaukee, and the Warriors have set no timetable for his return to the lineup.

Jordan paced the Clippers to a 52-39 halftime lead with 13 points and eight rebounds. The Warriors were trailing 70-45 when reserve swingman Jeremy Tyler fouled Griffin in the lane on a delayed slam-dunk attempt. Tyler made a move toward Griffin and received a technical foul. Paul, Jordan and Clippers teammate Caron Butler all went over to Tyler and calmed him down before Griffin took his free throws.

Los Angeles never trailed, building a 41-25 margin with 4 minutes left in the half and getting 16 of its first 18 field goals off assists. Golden State's bench started out a collective 0 for 9 from the field and finished 9 for 37 overall as the Clippers' reserves outscored their Warriors counterparts 32-22.

The Clippers conclude their exhibition slate with games Wednesday against the Lakers and Thursday at Denver before opening the season Halloween night at home against the Memphis Grizzlies, the team they beat in the opening round of the playoffs. The Warriors host Phoenix on Tuesday night in their preseason finale before opening the regular season against the Suns on the road next Wednesday.

NOTES: Jerry West, who has a statue of himself right outside Staples Center commemorating his Hall of Fame career with the Lakers, attended the game. He currently is a member of the Warriors' executive board. ... In a poll of NBA general managers released by the league on Monday, Paul was voted the best point guard (69.0 percent) and the best team leader (27.6). Injured teammate Chauncey Billups got the nod for which player would make the best head coach someday (20.7). ... Grant Hill and Lamar Odom didn't play for the Clippers because of knee issues. When Hill plays his third game of the regular season, it will be his 1,000th in the NBA. Had it not been for a rash of debilitating injuries, the 18-year veteran would be approaching 1,500 by now. ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson has more seasons of NBA playing experience (17) than any other current head coach in the league. Two of them were with the Clippers, including a trip to the playoffs in 1993.




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