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L.A. Clippers at Golden State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, February 22, 2018
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

The three-time defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors return from the All-Star break on Thursday in an unfamiliar position -- second place. The Warriors will try to break out of the malaise that seemed to infect the team in the two weeks before the break when they host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

Golden State got less of a break than any other team with four players -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green -- in the All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday, but coach Steve Kerr believed it was a good idea for the team to decompress. "It's just like any other job, to be honest," Kerr told reporters. "No matter what you do, you need a vacation. So, if you can get away for a few days, go somewhere nice or do something fun, it helps anybody. I think our guys will feel that, for sure." The Warriors dropped four of their eight games before the break to fall a half-game behind conference-leading Houston while the Clippers come out a half-game behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the No. 8 spot with 26 games left in the regular season. Los Angeles won seven of nine heading into the break, including three of the first four on a seven-game trip that continues at Golden State.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State)

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (30-26): Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan was not invited to the All-Star Game despite ranking second in the NBA in both rebounding (15) and field-goal percentage (65.2) but showed off his talent while scoring a career-high 30 points in a win at Boston heading into the break. "I think it was great for us to build confidence on a road trip like this, knowing that we have (three) more games coming out of the All-Star break (on the road)," Jordan told reporters. "I think we've been doing a really good job playing well, but we just need to finish off games." Small forward Tobias Harris is proving to be a strong addition and is averaging 17.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in six games since coming over in a trade from the Detroit Pistons.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (44-14): Durant ended up on the opposite side from his three teammates with the new format in the All-Star Game and provided the defensive stop of the night when he switched onto Curry and prevented his Golden State teammate from attempting a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds. Durant, who scored 50 points in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers heading into the break, scored 19 points for the winning Team LeBron -- the highest scoring total of any of the four Warriors in the game. Kerr is hoping those four found some time to rest with a pair of games against Western Conference playoff contenders coming out of the break before a three-game East coast trip.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Curry went 6-of-19 from 3-point range in the two games before the break.

2. Clippers SF Danilo Gallinari is averaging 20.1 points in seven games since returning from a glute injury.

3. Los Angeles snapped a 12-game losing streak in the series with a 125-106 win at Golden State on Jan. 10 when SG Lou Williams scored a career-best 50 points..

PREDICTION: Warriors 122, Clippers 109
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 30-26 W2 16-12 14-14 5-4 25-22 10-2 20-16
Golden State 44-14 L1 22-7 22-7 7-2 37-12 7-2 25-11
Last Meeting
L.A. Clippers Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/10/18 LAC 125 GS 106 125 46 48.9 106 33 48.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 50 59.3 10
Golden State K. Durant 40 77.8 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 12 3 9
Golden State D. Green 10 0 10
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 7
Golden State K. Durant 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 1274 44.0 307
Golden State K. Durant 1299 52.3 249
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 767 219 548
Golden State D. Green 399 64 335
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 292
Golden State D. Green 366
Quickchart Matchup
L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
L.A. Clippers Off vs Golden State - Points For 108.0 Points For
L.A. Clippers Off vs Golden State - Points Against 107.7 Points Against
L.A. Clippers - FG% 46.5 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.2 FG%
L.A. Clippers - Reb 43.8 Reb
Golden State - Reb 42.1 Reb
Golden State Golden State Off vs  L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Defense
Golden State Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points For 115.8 Points For
Golden State Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points Against 107.1 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 51.0 FG%
L.A. Clippers - FG% 45.2 FG%
Golden State - Reb 44.3 Reb
L.A. Clippers - Reb 44.3 Reb