Wiggins scores season-best 31 points, Warriors beat Clippers

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 31 points, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers during a key stretch midway through the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-107 on Wednesday night.

Wiggins shot 12 for 18 and matched his most 3-pointers this season with six in his third straight 20-point performance.

Stephen Curry added 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds, while Klay Thompson scored 18 points. He hit his first three shots and two 3-pointers and four of his initial five shots on the way to 15 points in the opening quarter. After a one-handed slam in transition late in the first, he raised both arms to get the crowd going as he ran back on defense.

After a slow start this season finding his shooting groove, Thompson was coming off a season-best 41-point game at Houston on Sunday in which he made 10 3s.

Marcus Morris Sr. scored 19 points to lead the Clippers and Terance Mann added 17. Amir Coffey made his initial three field goals, but Los Angeles went just 5 for 13 from long range in the first half to fall behind 66-47 at the break as the Warriors shot 56.5%.

John Wall was limited to nine points on 2-for-8 shooting and missed all three of his 3-point tries.

Kawhi Leonard sat out with a sprained right ankle after he landed on it Monday while trying to block a shot in the fourth quarter of Monday's home win against the Jazz.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wants to use Draymond Green more regularly with the second unit when possible to give the reserves a reliable ballhandler and floor leader given their recent struggles.

Early in the fourth, Green drove the length of the floor and into the pain then dished off to Anthony Lamb for a layup that made it 103-82 with 10:41 to play. Green finished with 12 assists, nine points and seven rebounds.

Golden State notched its fifth game in the last six with 30 or more assists and leads the league. The Warriors committed only five first-half turnovers and 13 overall as Kerr has stressed taking care of the ball.

Warriors won their seventh straight home game and improve to 8-1 at Chase Center overall.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Coach Tyronn Lue isn't sure when Leonard will return. “Woke up with some soreness in his ankle. Saw the play, it was a little more than we thought," Lue said. "But he’s OK, feeling better, getting better. So we don’t know a timetable right now though.” ... Los Angeles wound up 11 for 28 on 3s. ... The Clippers have lost four straight on the Warriors' home floor.

Warriors: Jordan Poole missed all eight of his 3-point attempts in a rare off night. ... Jonathan Kuminga blocked a shot by John Wall into the stands in the third. ... The Warriors are 5-1 at home against the Western Conference. ... Golden State hasn't lost at home to the Clippers since a 108-101 defeat on Jan. 6, 2021. ... On this date in 2016, the Warriors dished out a franchise-record 47 assists against the Lakers.

UP NEXT

Clippers: Host the Nuggets on Friday having dropped the past two against Denver.

Warriors: Host the Jazz on Friday riding a four-game home winning streak vs. Utah.

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Janie Mccauley, The Associated Press