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Warriors dominate Clippers, 111-92

OAKLAND, Calif.--Andrew Bogut could only shrug after his rare attempt at a jump shot went in, with the basket helping ignite the Golden State Warriors in their 111-92 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

That's how well things went for the Warriors, who showed that when they play as well as they did at Oracle Arena against one of the top teams in the Western Conference, they can at times appear unstoppable.

Golden State never trailed against its budding rival, and after a lackluster finish to the second quarter, the Warriors emerged from the locker room on fire and went on a 16-2 run that led to the crushing of the Clippers.

Bogut, who finished the game with 14 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots, came through with the most eye-popping moment as part of the run when with the shot clock winding down the 7-footer turned around and fired with his foot on the 3-point line. Heading back down the court, he had fun by channeling Michael Jordan with the celebratory shrug.

The mood had been different hours earlier, with Bogut saying the team was "edgy" during its pregame shootaround as coaches and players expressed their feelings on the team's recent downward trend.

"As a team, we were upset," coach Mark Jackson said.

The Warriors took it out on the Clippers, going ahead by as many as 25 points and dominating with a 53-34 rebounding edge. Golden State flogged a team that had entered the night riding a four-game winning streak.

Stephen Curry and David Lee led with Warriors with 22 points apiece, with Curry dishing out seven assists and Lee adding 11 rebounds. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, Darren Collison added 22, and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds, but otherwise it was all Warriors.

The Warriors smothered the Clippers offense, leading 90-67 after holding Los Angeles to 11 points and one field goal in the third quarter, Golden State's best defensive quarter of the season.

"I wish we had it figured out every single game," Lee said.

The Warriors led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter after going on a 12-2 run jam-packed with highlight-reel plays not often seen from the Warriors.

Klay Thompson faked out his defender and went in for a dunk. Harrison Barnes followed with a dunk for a 3-point play and 42 seconds later threw down another one. Backup point guard Jordan Crawford, whose midair pass had set up Barnes' first dunk, then hit a 3-pointer to make it 48-29.

The Warriors again got good play from their bench, with Marreese Speights scoring 12 points and Barnes adding 10 and eight rebounds.

The Clippers, playing for a second straight night, closed the gap as the Warriors went into halftime holding a 64-56 lead. Griffin's alley-oop off a pass from Collison capped a 10-2 run that cut the Warriors' lead to 10, and the All-Star followed with a jump shot that gave him 20 points for the half. J.J. Redick later hit a 3-pointer off Curry's third turnover in three minutes.

In the end, the Warriors shot 49.5 percent from the field and committed only 11 turnovers.

Jackson had criticized the team for playing down to the level of its opponents and had been expecting better play given the Clippers are ahead in the standings. The Warriors responded.

"Every time you have a team that's ahead of you, you want to leave an impression in case you see them down the road," Curry said.

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