LOS ANGELES–Steve Kerr said before the game, “I’m interested to see if we can take better care of the ball and keep ourselves under 20 turnovers. That’s my magic number, anything under 20, I’ll be pleased.”
If that truly was the case, then Kerr must have been all smiles after the Warriors (5-3) managed to stay under 20 turnovers in their 141-113 blowout victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (4-2).
The Warriors came into Monday night’s game leading the NBA with 127 turnovers, averaging 18.1 per game. They flipped the script in Los Angeles, giving up just 12 turnovers while making the team with the least number of turnovers in the NBA answer for 13.
By the time Steph Curry came to the free throw line toward the end of the third quarter, the Warriors led 103-84 and the chants of “MVP” that overpowered the “boos” resounding throughout Staples Center.
Curry put up five rebounds, six assists, two steals in 29 minutes and led the game with 31 points. With seven three-pointers against the Clippers, Curry took the lead for the most three-pointers in the league away from Klay Thompson, who had one on Monday and now has 27 this season.
After suffering a disappointing loss on Sunday evening at home against the Detroit Pistons, the Warriors elected to skip shootaround on Monday in Los Angeles in hopes of staying fresh. In their Sunday loss, Golden State received at least 27 points from Curry, Thompson and Kevin Durant, but the team’s bench failed to contribute much and a late Tobias Harris three-pointer was the icing on the cake for an upset-minded Pistons’ squad.
On Monday, though, Golden State’s bench contributed early and often, as Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala each finished with a plus-minus of plus-23 or better while backup centers Jordan Bell and JaVale McGee combined for 18 points. Late in the fourth quarter, Bell threw down another highlight-reel dunk after a miss from Patrick McCaw as the rookie out of Oregon soared through Staples Center and tossed down a one-handed putback slam to put an exclamation point on the win.
The Warriors remain on the road and face the San Antonio Spurs (4-3) on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 PM.