Gameday: Klay Returns, Steph Sits to Start Warriors' Five-game Road Trip

Durant (calf) returned from a three-game absence to carry the load with point guard Stephen Curry (ankle) and shooting guard Klay Thompson (rest) out of the Golden State lineup. Tip-off is set for 10:00 p.m. EST.

Williams, who exploded for 50 points in the win over the Warriors, followed up with a game-high 30 against the Kings.

The Los Angeles Clippers are defined by two recurring statements.

OAKLAND, Calif. - forward returns to action Wednesday against the needing just 25 points to reach 20,000 for his career. They've gotten just 24 games from Blake Griffin this year, 13 games from Milos Teodosic, just 11 from big offseason signing Danilo Gallinari, and just 11 from Patrick Beverley, another player acquired from Houston. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 125-106.

And they're 33-9, still leading the National Basketball Association.

In fact, the four other players in the top five in blocks per game Myles Turner (2.2), Kristaps Porzingis (2.2), Anthony Davis (2.1) and Joel Embiid (2.0) teams are outside the top quartile of shot blocking squads: Indiana Pacers (20th), New York Knicks (11th), New Orleans Pelicans (12th) and Philadelphia 76ers (9th).

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Instead of a straight Eastern Conference vs.

The Warriors play the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, before traveling to Toronto to take on the Raptors on Saturday. In two meetings against Antetokounmpo last season, Green helped hold him to a combined 14-for-37 (37.8 percent) shooting.

Other than that, he had 3 solid seasons with the Clippers before joining the New York Knicks and getting blocked 4 times in one possession by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant. Golden State did an excellent job of making free throws (15-19; 78.9 percent). This invites trouble against the Bucks, who are sixth percentage of forced turnovers and eighth in converting them into points. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Warriors are 12-point home favorites to knock off the Clippers, who opened as a 16.5-point underdog. The Golden State Warriors are coming off their loss in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Moreover, opponents are scoring 18.4 points per game off the gifts. The Warriors had their 5 game winning streak snapped.

As for Curry, he missed 11 games when he originally sprained his right ankle on December 6 in New Orleans. The Warriors rank 21st in points allowed in the paint per game (46.0).

Going into Thursday, he was 126 points shy of 30,000 for his career.

After the Clippers led for the first 43 minutes, the Kings rallied into a 109-108 advantage on a jumper by Zach Randolph with 4:14 to go, capping a 17-2 flurry.

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