LOS ANGELES -- The Warriors' momentum at least for a night was stopped by the sheer force of Blake Griffin and the red-hot Clippers.
Griffin was too much for the Warriors to handle in the Clippers' 111-98 win, a physical game Wednesday that saw him notch game highs of 30 points and 15 rebounds as Los Angeles won its ninth straight while stopping Golden State's five-game streak.
The Warriors still liked the way they fought while playing on the second night of a back-to-back in a hostile environment.
"Both teams are playing good basketball right now," said Warriors guard Stephen Curry, whose team has won 10 of 13 games since the All-Star break. "This one loss isn't going to stop us from continuing that momentum, that rhythm."
The dunk from Griffin at Staples Center that will be replayed on highlight shows will be the leaping, one-handed putback he had off a missed Danny Granger 3-pointer to give the Clippers a 91-84 lead in the fourth quarter.
As a whole, Griffin was masterful in hitting jump shots that the Warriors let him take while shooting 13 of 28 from the field. He managed to command plenty of attention to the Warriors' detriment.
The Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal was whistled for a technical foul after jawing with Griffin. The Clippers star earlier had tumbled to the floor along with Draymond Green, who was called for an offensive foul on the third-quarter play. On the other end, Griffin passed to Chris Paul, who sank a 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left to give the Clippers an 84-79 lead after going on a 9-0 run heading into the fourth quarter.
"There's a lot of different theatrics that go on within a basketball game just in general, but this series on both sides tops the cake, I think," center Andrew Bogut said.
"We'll be as physical as they do it, and theatrics take place after that."
Even Curry at one point crashed to the floor with Griffin after fouling the Clippers forward hard.
"He's strong," Curry said. "He tried to go through it."
The Warriors had led by as many as seven points in the third quarter after Klay Thompson and Curry buried back-to-back 3-pointers to give them a 76-69 lead. Playing in his native Southern California, Thompson led the Warriors with 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting.
Curry, who said before the game that his quadriceps strain was feeling better, had 13 points, 11 assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes. But counterpart Paul, playing through a groin injury and despite a 5-for-15 shooting performance, overshadowed him by racking up 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.
David Lee had 20 points and seven rebounds, but the Warriors lost the rebounding edge 49-36 while Griffin controlled the glass with the help of DeAndre Jordan's 11 rebounds.
Andre Iguodala added 13 points for Golden State, but the starters didn't receive much help from the bench.
A night after the Warriors bench players earned praise for scoring 59 points in a win against Dallas, the reserves struggled against the Clippers, combining to shoot 3 for 25 from the field.
Meanwhile, the Warriors struggled with Granger, who came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points, including 14 first-half points on 6-for-7 shooting.
The Clippers shot 48.9 percent from the field and pushed back after the Warriors cut the lead to 95-91 on Lee's layup. Jordan had a putback dunk to start a 6-0 run.
With the win, the Clippers extended their Pacific Division lead over the Warriors to five games. The Clippers currently hold the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, setting them up for potential future meetings in the first round of the playoffs given the Warriors currently have the No. 6 seed.
"They did what they're supposed to do, and we move on," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
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