SAN FRANCSICO — When opposing defenders focus too much attention on Splash brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Andrew lets go of Wiggins and makes them pay.
Wiggins posted a season-high 31 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers during a key stretch midway through the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 124-107 Wednesday night.
“Steph will always be Steph,” Wiggins said. “Tonight the ball moved and found a lot of people, took some shots.”
Wiggins shot 12 for 18 and grabbed his most 3 points this season with six in his third straight 20-point performance.
“He shoots out the lights. He was just so consistent off the field and off the 3-point line,” said coach Steve Kerr. “You can see how comfortable he feels on our offense and constantly slipping to the edge.”
Curry added 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds while Thompson had 18 points. He hit his first three shots and two 3-pointers and four of his first five shots en route to 15 points in the opening quarter.
After a slow start to this season as he found his shooting groove, Thompson finished a season-best 41-point game in Houston on Sunday, in which he hit 10 3s.
Marcus Morris Sr. had 19 points to lead the Clippers and Terance Mann added 17. Amir Coffey scored his first three field goals, but Los Angeles went just 5 to 13 from long range in the first half and fell 66-47 at the break as the Warriors shot 56.5%.
John Wall was limited to nine points in 2-for-8 shooting and missed all three of his 3-point attempts.
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard sat with a sprained right ankle after landing on it Monday night while trying to block a shot in the fourth quarter in a home win over Utah on Monday night.
Kerr would like to use Draymond Green more regularly with the second unit if possible to provide the reserves with a reliable ball handler and ground guide given their recent struggles.
“It’s looking good and we’re going to keep going,” Kerr said of Green, who leads the second team.
Early in the fourth, Green drove the length of the floor and into pain, then landed on Anthony Lamb for a layup that made it 10:41, 103-82. Green finished with 12 assists, nine points and seven rebounds.
“It’s huge for the guys’ confidence,” said Green.
Golden State has scored its fifth game of the last six with 30 or more assists and leads the league. The Warriors committed just five turnovers in the first half and 13 overall as Kerr stressed watching the ball.
The Warriors won their seventh straight home game to go 8-1 overall at the Chase Center.
Clippers: Trainer Tyronn Lue is unsure when Leonard will return. “Wake up with ankle pain. I saw the play, it was a little bit more than we thought,” said Lue. “But he’s fine, feeling better and getting better. So we don’t know a schedule right now.” …Los Angeles landed 11 for 28 to 3 seconds. … The Clippers have lost four straight games on the Warriors’ home ground.
Warrior: Jordan Poole missed all eight of his 3-point attempts on a rare night. Kerr was still happy with Poole’s game even if it didn’t show in his stat line. … Jonathan Kuminga blocked a shot from John Wall in the stands in the third. … The Warriors are 5-1 at home against the Western Conference. … Golden State has not lost at home to the Clippers since a 108-101 loss on Jan. 6, 2021. … On this day in 2016, the Warriors compiled a franchise-record 47 assists against the Lakers.
Clippers: Host the Nuggets on Friday after dropping the last two against Denver.
Warriors: Host the Jazz on Friday with a four-game home win streak against Utah.
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