The Clippers forced an Atlanta turnover on the ensuing inbounds play, and Juwan Evans made the first of two free throws. Four of their starters were injured.
The Los Angeles Clippers are defined by two recurring statements.
"When we start to compete on the defensive end like that we are tough to beat", said Butler.More news: Donald Trump Announces First-Ever "Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards"
Los Angeles holds records of 18-21 straight up (SU) and 20-18-1 against the spread (ATS).
The Clippers' Lou Williams led all scorers with 30 points. He scored the Clippers' next 17 points, scored 29 points total in the third quarter and 50 points in the game.
"He ordered 50-piece nuggets on us tonight", Durant quipped. "We were too loose on him and let him go where ever he wanted".
As a team, the Warriors shot 48 percent from the field and eight of 23 from the three-point line but the game turned in the third quarter where the Clippers' Lou Williams poured in 27 of his career-high 50 points. Durant reached 25 before halftime.More news: Airtel Broadband Users Can Avail Free Amazon Prime Membership for One Year
Durant is also the fifth player to reach 20,000 points before turning 30. After the shot went in the basket, Durant waved to the crowd as fans stood and applauded.
He became the second youngest player to reach 20,000 career points, behind LeBron James, the first to achieve the milestone as a member of the Warriors.
That was important after Jordan limped off the court with an ankle injury after scoring on a dunk with 5:15 left in the first half. "So, I've been playing with confidence for the past month or so now".
While the Warriors definitely missed Steph and Klay, this is a game they should win easily over a short-handed Clippers team. "When Prince got the ball, he was shooting over Lou and I was dying over there". Then the biggest blow of them all when Curry tweaked his ankle during the morning shootaround and was ruled out.More news: TPP: Britain 'looking to join Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal after Brexit'
Maybe Steve Kerr should cool it with tongue-in-cheek predictions about how well opponents will fare against his Golden State Warriors. "I think that's the one thing that kind of gets lost in it".