The Golden State Warriors left their first-quarter woes behind at the All-Star break, exploding to a double-digit lead in the first seven minutes Thursday night en route to a 134-127 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Oakland, California.
Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 44 points, including a 38-footer at the first-quarter horn, to lift the Warriors to their fourth straight home victory.
Lou Williams, who burned the Warriors for a career-best 50 points in the clubs' most recent meeting in Oakland last month, had a 21-point, 12-assist double-double for the Clippers, who have come up short in 12 of their past 13 visits to Oakland.
The Warriors, who entered the game having allowed 30 points per game in the first quarter, the most in the NBA, limited the Clippers to 23 in the first 12 minutes while building a 34-23 lead.
Twenty-three of the Warriors' points came in the first seven minutes, with Klay Thompson (two) and Draymond Green (one) combining for three 3-pointers in a burst that opened a 10-point lead.
JaVale McGee, promoted to the starting lineup in place of Zaza Pachulia, contributed two dunks to the early surge.
The Clippers never led thereafter, but they did make things interesting down the stretch. Williams bombed in a 3-pointer and Montrezl Harrell slammed home a pair of dunks in a 9-0 run sliced the Golden State lead to 104-102 with 9:07 remaining in the game.
However, Curry saved three of his eight 3-pointers for the final 6:00, helping the Warriors keep the Clippers at bay.
Curry also finished with a team-high 10 assists.
Kevin Durant had 24 points for the Warriors, who had lost 123-117 at Portland in their last game before the All-Star break. They improved to 13-1 following a defeat this season.
Thompson added 19 points, the fifth of which was the 10,000th of his career. He became the 10th Warrior ever to reach the milestone.
Green (14 points) and David West (10) also scored in double figures for Golden State, which shot 62.7 percent from the field.
Tobias Harris had 22 points while DeAndre Jordan compiled a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double for the Clippers, who went into the All-Star break having won seven of nine, including five of six on the road.
Danilo Gallinari (15 points), Harrell (15), Milos Teodosic (14) and Austin Rivers (14) made it seven players in double figures for Los Angeles, which fell to 5-3 since dealing Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 29.
The Clippers, who were without starting guard Avery Bradley (sports hernia), lost despite making 50 percent of their field-goal attempts.
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