October 25, 2019 / 5:30 AM / 24 days ago

Clippers roll, ruin Warriors’ debut in new home

The Los Angeles Clippers scored the first 14 points in the regular-season history of the Golden State Warriors’ new home, the Chase Center in San Francisco, and rode balanced scoring to a front-running, 141-122 romp over the five-time defending Western Conference champions on Thursday night.

October 14, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss (32) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY SportsNBAHeadshots

Lou Williams had 22 points to lead five Clippers with 16 or more as the visitors built upon a season-opening victory over the Los Angeles Lakers with a blowout win in which they never trailed.

The Warriors’ Stephen Curry was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points.

Playing a regular-season game in San Francisco for the first time since 1971, the Warriors watched as Clippers center Ivica Zubac scored the first five points in Chase Center regular-season history and Patrick Patterson added a pair of 3-pointers in the game-opening, 14-0 flurry.

Warriors newcomer D’Angelo Russell ended his team’s season-opening drought with a jumper 3:37 into the game, but Golden State never caught up, even though it did get within four on two occasions late in the first period.

The margin was 11 at halftime before the Clippers broke the game wide open when Landry Shamet (two) and Patterson (one) combined for three 3-pointers in a 9-2 burst at the start of the third period to open an 18-point gap.

The Warriors never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.

Kawhi Leonard finished with 21 points, Patterson 20, Montrezl Harrell 18 and Zubac 16 for the Clippers, whose 2019 season came to an end at the hands of the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

Golden State went on to make the NBA Finals for a fifth consecutive season before falling to the Leonard-led Toronto Raptors.

Russell, making his Golden State debut after joining the club in a sign-and-trade in which the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets, backed Curry with 20 points. Reserves Eric Paschall and Jacob Evans added 14 points apiece.

The Clippers shot 62.5 percent overall and 56.3 percent on 3-pointers for the game.

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