OAKLAND, Calif. -- After a brutal start Thursday, somehow the Clippers went into halftime only down eight with a real chance to steal a win in their ninth game in 13 days.
Then, the Clippers played their worst quarter of the season.
J.J. Redick's three-pointer was the Clippers' only field goal in an 11-point quarter that cemented the team's fate in a 111-92 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.
It was the Clippers' worst offensive quarter of the season, going 1 of 15 from the field and 8 of 14 from the foul line.
"We just didn't have it," Coach Doc Rivers said. "We had nothing. You could just see it."
The Clippers suffered a complete defensive collapse in the first half, allowing the Warriors to get repeated uncontested looks at the rim. Golden State outscored the Clippers, 42-12, in the paint in the first half and finished the game with a 44-point advantage inside the lane.
"It's been a grueling couple of weeks for us," Clippers forward Matt Barnes said. "From the beginning, we were a step slow defensively, and that's where our trouble all started."
Blake Griffin's 20 first-half points kept the Clippers competitive until their miserable third quarter.
Still, the Clippers, who trailed by 25, got it to 13 after Griffin hit a jumper midway through the fourth quarter. The Warriors responded with two quick baskets, and Rivers waved the white flag, emptying his bench.
The Clippers have lost five games in a row at Oracle Arena. The game capped a stretch in which the Clippers played nine games in nine cities in less than two weeks.
Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points and Darren Collison scored 22. Stephen Curry and David Lee each scored 22 for the Warriors.
After a technical-filled game on Christmas night, Thursday's game didn't feature much bad blood. Then again, the game wasn't really ever close enough for one of those tense moments to boil over.
"I don't think there was even a chance for this game to get chippy," Rivers said.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Clippers.
"It's tough to win when you play like that," Jamal Crawford said.
PAUL PLANS RETURN
Chris Paul wasn't too worried about making his seventh All-Star team despite missing the past 14 games because of a right shoulder sprain.
"It could've gone either way," he said. "I'm definitely grateful for this and stuff like that, but either way, I'd have been OK."
Don't get it wrong -- Paul is excited to be headed to New Orleans, where he starred for the Hornets, but the goals are bigger than an All-Star appearance.
"The great thing about having Doc around is everything is about the big picture," Paul said. "Sure, I could go out there and do a couple of things in the game tonight, but it's all about the big picture."
Reserves for the All-Star teams were announced Thursday. Blake Griffin was elected to start for the Western Conference by the fans. Paul finished third in fan voting.
While the Clippers haven't issued any timelines, Paul is aiming to return Feb. 7 or 9, in time for him to play in the All-Star Game.
Before Thursday's game, Paul went through his most extensive on-court workout to date.
"I'm shooting, I'm working on my ballhandling and working on my range of motion," he said. "I'm still trying to get it around my mind. Me and our training staff, we're doing everything possible to get back on the court."
Coach Doc Rivers said he doesn't have a problem with Paul playing in the All-Star Game, even if he has just rejoined the team.
"It's not going to be the most physical of games, I'm pretty sure of that," Rivers said. "But at least he gets to go up and down the floor."
DeAndre Jordan had hoped to get the nod as a reserve, and Rivers lobbied on his behalf.
"Every year there are a lot of guys who don't make it," Rivers said. "Maybe we should think about increasing the team since we have 15 guys that can dress every game in both conferences. But every year there are going to be guys."
Paul suggested Jordan could replace him if he's unable to play, but Paul admitted to getting antsy on the sideline.
"I just want to play. Whether it's the All-Star Game, whether it's pick-up basketball, whether it's playing with our trainers and our coaches, I'm just looking for a game," Paul said, "When the trainer clears me, I'll be out there."
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