Published: Sat, February 25, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Curry flurry: MVP's huge third quarter propels Warriors

Curry flurry: MVP's huge third quarter propels Warriors

"Is that the most we've had all season in a quarter?"

The Warriors-Clippers rivalry, dead for a couple years, was buried 50 points deep Thursday night.

The Warriors own a 12-game lead over the second-place Clippers in the Pacific Division.

The mounting losses against Golden State and the team's early playoff exits have raised questions about the Clippers' ability to remain mentally tough in big games. Only this time, the comeback was not fueled by the existence of the Clippers, who had outplayed them pretty convincingly for the first 22 minutes and change, but with the officials, who as we have said before irk the hell out of them when their number includes Foster.

Durant scored 15 of his 25 points in the third and also contributed 15 rebounds and seven assists as the NBA-best Warriors (48-9) began the stretch run with a downright dominant second half.

From that point on, the Warriors did what they do to these Clippers: They stepped on their throats. Truth is, the Warriors have won 10 consecutive games against the Clips, but probably never quite at decisively as this.

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Chris Paul's return for the LA Clippers will have to wait.

Though Pierce has only been with the Clippers since a year ago, Los Angeles hasn't won at Oracle Arena since 2011. The Clippers rarely beat the Warriors - even in those days - but the games were always competitive until the end, and it felt like Los Angeles was oh so close. Both the teams met last month, and Los Angels were defeated for the ninth time by Warriors which is a little odd stats between two Pacific Division teams.

So maybe Austin Rivers was right.

Curry finished with 35 points on 10-of-16 shooting and looks to be over his mini slump he was suffering through before the break. Now, consider 2017-18, 2018-19 and beyond: is there a reasonable chance that happens based on everything this duo has been through in the last two seasons?

Steph Curry put on quite the show himself, scoring 20 points, including 5-of-8 from three-point range.

The Warriors forced five LA turnovers in the quarter, off which they scored 11 points. The Clippers had no answer for the Dubs in the 4th quarter.

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