OAKLAND –- After two days of buildup, the game was no contest. The Warriors on Wednesday night blew the Clippers off the Oracle Arena floor, taking a 121-104 victory over their Southern California rivals.
Stephen Curry scored 28 points to lead five Warriors in double figures, as the squad pushed its record to 4-0 for only the fourth time in franchise history.
Draymond Green finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists -– as well as another stellar defensive effort on Clippers star Blake Griffin. Klay Thompson put in 19 points, Leandro Barbosa 13 and Harrison Barnes added 10.
The Warriors shot 66.1 percent through the first three quarters, finishing the game at 58.1 percent –- 60 percent from 3-point range (15 of 25). The Clippers, held to 33.3 percent in the first half, finished at 46.3 percent from the floor.
The Warriors also clobbered Los Angeles on the glass, 39-30, with center Andrew Bogut grabbing a game-high 14.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Green, Curry and Thompson share the honors for this one, with Bogut getting very honorable mention.
Green ignited the crowd not only with his scoring but also with his dogged defense of Griffin, who finished with 14 points after a 1-of-6 start against Green.
Curry played solid defense on Clipper star Chris Paul (15 points, 6-of-15 shooting) while filling out the stat sheet, adding seven assists and six rebounds to his point total.
Thompson picked up two quick fouls and was scoreless in the first quarter but returned with a vengeance, with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in nine second-quarter minutes.
Bogut grabbed nine first-quarter rebounds, setting a tone that continued throughout the night.
TURNING POINT: Up 38-29 with 7:40 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 22-6 run to take a 60-35 lead with 2:30 left in the half. The Warriors led by as much as 29 but the Clippers never got closer than 13 after that.
Thompson had 10 of the 22 points, with Green and Curry adding 5 each.
ET CETERA: Jermaine O'Neal, who spent last season with the Warriors, was a guest at the game, sitting courtside next to team CEO Joe Lacob. O'Neal said he is yet retired but is enjoying time with his family. He conceded he could change his mind in the coming weeks.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr received a technical foul, his first of the season, which prompted the crowd to give him a standing ovation.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors go on a two-game road trip over the weekend, beginning Saturday against the Rockets in Houston.