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Clippers’ Paul George reacts to Warriors’ Stephen Curry’s 33-point explosion after technical foul

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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors came into Staples Center, defeating Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers in the Sunday matinee. The game was a grind through the first two-and-a-half quarters until Jordan Poole and Curry broke the game open in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

The two-time MVP Curry finished with 33 points, five rebounds, six assists, and six steals in 35 minutes of play. He was able to outduel Paul George, who poured in 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 37 minutes of action.

Poole scored 15 of his 17 points in the third quarter while Curry scored 13 of his 33 points in the final quarter. The big runs in the second half changed the game for the Warriors, and it was exactly the type of run George said the Clippers knew was coming.

“If you know the Warriors, that’s what makes them great,” Paul George said of the Warriors’ big run. “They can go on a run and you never know when that run is gonna come. It’s kind of like a build-up into that moment because they haven’t gone on a run the whole game, but again. That’s with every game. Every game, you know a team is gonna get hot at some point. They got hot in that moment and opened the game up.”

The Clippers shot just 40 percent from the field and turned the ball over 25 times, which led to 31 points for Golden State. Given that the Clippers had played the Warriors once this year, it was another chance to see where they stand against the league’s hottest team.

“I think we’re still good,” George added. “We still, again, tonight we was in position defensively—well because of our defense—to win this game tonight. But, you know, I think we can continue to just learn from teams like Golden State with their player movement. They’re just so good with that, regardless of how quick Steph can get off and get hot.

“What is most impressive about their team is just how well they play together and their player movement, and, you know, they make it hard to load up on a guy like Steph because everybody is just in motion and, you know, you kind of got to guard everyone, even if it’s a player that we deem as a player that we can help off of. It’s just so much continuity with their group, chemistry, that it just makes it a tough cover.”

Stephen Curry was relatively quiet until he was hit with a technical foul for screaming at an official for what he thought should’ve been a foul. From that point on, Curry had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

“I thought I got fouled so I let my emotion go and it definitely fired me up, fired the team up,” Curry said after the game. “You have to be able to direct that energy into just putting the ball in the basket, obviously.”

The Clippers play the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, so they’ll need to quickly move on from this one.