Thompson scores 26, will miss Friday's game (Mar 13 12:00 ET )
Klay Thompson scored 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound and one steal in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers, and he will miss Friday's game against the Cavs due to a death in the family.
Blake Griffin had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Danny Granger added 18 points off the bench, and the Los Angeles Clippers surged past the Golden State Warriors 111-98 Wednesday night for their ninth straight victory. Chris Paul had 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who split their four-game season series against their Pacific Division rivals with an impressive finish to a tight game. Los Angeles has the third-longest winning streak in club history and the team's best record after 66 games (46-20). Klay Thompson scored 26 points and David Lee had 20 for the Warriors, whose five-game winning streak ended with their fourth straight loss to the Clippers at Staples Center.
The Scoop:Thompson is flying to the Bahamas for the funeral and he will return in time for Sunday's game against the Blazers. Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford and Draymond Green will make for interesting, albeit risky spot plays on Friday.
Programming note:Mavericks-Warriors coverage tips off Tuesday night at 7:00 with Warriors Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (territory restrictions apply) And the Warriors, a historically fantastic offensive club, can deliver all of that, inspiring their fans to do happy dances, their eyes singing songs of joy. While folks are gawking at Stephen Curry's incredible array of shots and Klay Thompson's dazzling scoring sprees and David Lee's crafty methods inside, the Warriors have quietly become one of the stingiest defensive teams in the league. TNT's popular panel of analysts like to describe the Warriors as relying on offense jump shots in particular and some of the team's own fans continue to fixate on that end of the court.