If you blinked you missed it.
With the game seemingly in hand, the Clippers were unable to stop Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors from storming home to produce a remarkable 115-105 win in San Francisco.
The improving Warriors notched another big win, while the Clippers will again have to ask the question how they managed to let a big lead slip.
Here are the takeaways.
Classic Curry catches fire in third
Trailing 85-63 with 3:15 left in the third quarter, this one looked all but over for the Warriors.
For most teams it would have been, but instead, Golden State ripped off a 24-2 run over the next 4:26 of play to leave the game all square at 87.
13 of those points came to the former MVP, with three long range bombs included.
– Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 9, 2021
It was a vintage outburst that completely changed the course of the game and even without a rabid home crowd in attendence, the momentum was overwhelmingly in favour of the Warriors and they never looked back.
It was the latest in a revitalizing stretch for Curry, who poured in 38 points on 9-for-14 shooting from beyond the arc to go along with 11 assists in a dominant display.
– NBA (@NBA) January 9, 2021
Clippers and big leads make you nervous
Remember the bubble when the Clippers routinely ran up double-digit leads only to fall behind by the final buzzer?
Unfortunately for LA, that familiar tale rang true once again with a 22-point lead morphing into a double-digit loss in the blink of an eye.
The Clippers are certainly not the first and definitely won’t be the last team to give up a lead to Curry and the Warriors, but this one had to bring back some dark memories.
Active Wiggins making an imapact
If there has been one consistent knock on Andrew Wiggins over the course of his career it’s been his lack of ability to impact games if he’s not getting buckets.
Hardly a dominant force on the glass, Wiggins made a huge play late in the fourth quarter in a critical moment with the game in the balance.
With the Warriors leading 103-102 with under four minutes remaining, the sizzling hot Curry jacked up a three that rimmed out. Denying the Clippers an opportunity for possession to take the lead, Wiggins soared in for the putback layup and LA never threatened again.
It was the only offensive rebound of the night for Wiggins, but those are exactly the type of plays that will standout to Steve Kerr and the Warriors coaching staff.
Wiggins totalled 16 points to go along with six rebounds on the night.
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– NBA (@NBA) January 9, 2021
Both the Warriors and Clippers will have a day off. The Warriors will then host the struggling Toronto Raptors, while the Clippers will return to Staples Center to meet the Chicago Bulls.
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