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Warriors overpower Clippers 111-92

  • Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut blocks a layup attempt by Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes on Thursday night. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND — Lose to the Timberwolves, beat the Trail Blazers, lose to the Wizards, beat the Clippers.

The Warriors continued their maddening trend of playing up or down to the competition, and even took the theme to a new height Thursday, thumping the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 111-92 at Oracle Arena.

No one can be sure whether this win will help the Warriors turn the corner toward consistency, but there was no question this team was going to muster its intensity for Los Angeles.

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“It hasn't been a happy place around here the last couple of days, I'll tell you that,” Golden State center Andrew Bogut said. “A lot of guys are edgy right now and not in great moods, because we haven't been playing good basketball — and that's good, in my opinion. We had a pretty rough shootaround this morning.”

Coach Mark Jackson reportedly rode his guys pretty hard at that shootaround, and the players rode one another, too, all in an effort to prevent lackadaisical performances against lesser opponents.

That wasn't an issue Thursday. The Clippers entered the game as the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, and having won 10 of 12, but never looked ready to challenge the Warriors. Golden State showed its muscle by dominating inside — against a team with burly big men like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, no less — holding massive advantages in rebounding (53-34) and points in the paint (66-22).

And that was with Bogut, the Warriors' 7-footer, on the bench for much of the second half. Bogut had 17 rebounds, 14 points and three blocked shots in 28 minutes, but picked up his fifth foul at 4:53 of the third quarter and played sparingly thereafter.

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