Third Quarter Run By Golden State Helps Drop Clippers To 0-2

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Clippers Lose 109-91 To Warriors: Stephen Curry Re-Injures Right Ankle

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Dorell Wright posted 24 points on 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range and also grabbed eight rebounds, as the Golden State Warriors crushed the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-91. Monta Ellis, fresh off a 46-point effort in a season-opening win over Houston, added 15 points and 11 assists, and David Lee posted 15 points and 12 boards for Golden State, which outscored the Clippers, 32-13, in the third quarter to highlight the easy win.

Stephen Curry aggravated an ankle injury in the game-altering frame, however, after posting 16 points and six helpers.

Eric Gordon netted 19 points, Baron Davis scored 16 and Chris Kaman 13, as the Clippers shot 38.6 percent from the field and allowed the Warriors to shoot 53.1 percent. LA lost its season-opener to Portland on Wednesday.

Curry showed off his arsenal to start the second half, as he hit a jumper, slammed one home and laid in another for a 64-54 lead two minutes into the third.

After a Kaman slam, the Warriors scored 15 straight to pull away. Lee and Wright each dunked to open the run, while Ellis and Wright ended it with three-pointers for a 79-56 cushion midway through the stanza.

"The guys came out focused on both sides of the ball," Warriors head coach Keith Smart said of the strong start to the second half. "The defense got our transition game going."

Ellis' finger-roll capped the dominating 12-minute stretch for a 90-67 advantage, and the Warriors cruised to the finish line.

Wright scored eight points in the first four minutes of the game en route to a 13-3 Warriors lead, but a 12-0 Clippers run a little later -- jump-started by Blake Griffin's three-point play -- gave the Clippers a 23-20 lead with three minutes left.

Golden State trailed 28-27 after the opening quarter but scored 10 of the first 13 points of the second and took a 58-54 advantage into the locker room.

This is the first time the Warriors are 2-0 since the 1994-95 season...Griffin, who had a double-double in his NBA debut, netted 14 points to go with 10 rebounds for LA...The Warriors, who got 12 points off the bench from Rodney Carney, made just 9-of-17 from the foul line, compared to the Clippers' 22-of-32 effort...Harvard product Jeremy Lin made his NBA debut in the fourth quarter for the Warriors...These teams split four meetings last year.

Here is video of Stephen Curry re-injuring his right ankle, after getting crossed over by Eric Gordon, per NBARauf on YouTube:

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Clippers Open Road Schedule At Oracle Arena Against Golden State

(Sports Network) - Monta Ellis picked up where he left off last season for the Golden State Warriors and will try to lead his team to victory again tonight versus the Los Angeles Clippers from Oracle Arena.

Ellis, who averaged 25.5 points a year ago, scored 46 points on 18-of-24 shooting in Wednesday's 132-128 season-opening victory versus the Houston Rockets and newcomer David Lee muscled his way to 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Warriors, who are in the midst of playing four of their first five games in Oakland.

"It's a relief," Ellis said of winning the opener. "We've been going through preseason and training camp for this moment right here. To get the first win to start the season off in the right direction says a lot."

Stephen Curry also had a double-double with 25 points and 11 assists in head coach Keith Smart's debut. Golden State relinquished Don Nelson of his coaching duties following a 26-56 mark in 2009-10. Nelson, the NBA's all-time wins leader as a head coach, was replaced by assistant Smart.

Curry is questionable for Friday's game with a sprained right ankle. The Warriors will visit the Lakers before heading home to host Memphis and Utah.

The Clippers were beaten, 98-88, by Portland on Wednesday in head coach Vinny Del Negro's debut, as Eric Gordon scored 22 points and Blake Griffin added 20 points and 14 rebounds in defeat. Griffin, who missed all of last season with a broken kneecap, set the Clippers rookie record for boards in a season debut.

"It was just great to be out there," Griffin said. "I have a lot of things to add to my game. In certain areas I was happy with the way I played, but I wasn't happy with my blocking out. There's a lot of room for improvement."

Rasual Butler netted 16 points in a losing cause for LA, which will begin a three-game homestand versus the Mavericks, Spurs and Thunder after this evening's contest in the Bay area.

Los Angeles lost its first four games at the start of last season and the first six contests of the 2008-09 campaign.

Clippers forward Craig Smith is questionable for Friday's game with a sore lower back.

Golden State and Los Angeles split four meetings last season. The Warriors have won eight of the past 11 matchups between the two clubs.

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