LOS ANGELES – The Warriors tipped off against the Clippers on Tuesday night knowing the outcome was inconsequential to their primary pursuit. And there were times when it showed.
And, still, the Warriors had enough to put away their rivals.
Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, and Andre Iguodala combined for 7-of-7 shooting from the line in the final 70 seconds to lift the Warriors to their 10th consecutive win, 110-106, over the Clippers before a sellout crowd (19,601) at Staples Center.
It was the Warriors' first win over the Clippers here since January 2, 2013. Moreover, it was a resounding statement considering how hot the Clippers were and how badly they wanted, and needed, to win this game.
Curry finished with a team-high 27 points, while Thompson scored 25, including a 13-point burst in less than seven minutes of the third quarter. David Lee had 17 and Marreese Speights added 13.
While the Warriors (61-13) already have achieved their pertinent regular-season goals – having won the division and captured the No. 1 overall seed in the Western Conference – the Clippers (49-26) still are playing for postseason seeding.
The Warriors, who fell behind by as much as 17 in the first half, cranked up the defense in the fourth quarter, holding Los Angeles to 23.1 percent shooting and forcing seven turnovers. The Warriors outscored the Clippers 28-18 in the decisive quarter, denying them their eighth straight win.
All-Star forward Blake Griffin led the Clippers, with a game-high 40 points.
Curry not only led the Warriors in scoring but also led all players in drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd.
The MVP candidate made several dazzling moves, bringing the sellout crowd to its feet. The most electric play was a crossover/behind-the-back dribble that sent Chris Paul sprawling to the floor before Curry pulled up to swish the jumper in the third quarter.
He was 8-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. He was 7-of-7 from the line.
Though the game was not put away until those final free throws, the Warriors swung the momentum much eariier.
Trailing 88-82 after three quarters, the Warriors opened the fourth on a 9-0 run, taking a 91-88 lead with 9:52 left. Speights scored 6 of the 9 points during the run.
The teams stayed within three points of each other the rest of the way, until the Warriors went up four in the final 1:10.
F Draymond Green (inflammation in both shins) was inactive for the game.
The Warriors returned to Oakland immediately after the game and are back in action Thursday, when the face the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena.