Warriors increase lead to 14 games

07 January 2018 07:37:30 EST

The Golden State Warriors made it eight wins in their last 10 outings as they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 121-105 at the Staples Center in LA.

Stephen Curry went off for the visitors hitting 11-of-21 from the floor including 8-of-16 from long range and 15-of-16 from the line for a 45 point outburst over three quarters of work.

The Warriors were without Kevin Durant, but never looked like needing the former Oklahoma City Thunder star especially after LA's Blake Griffin departed with an injury in the first quarter.

The Warriors are the only team in the Pacific Division with a winning record and lead the Clippers by 14 games.

The Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers are all in the middle of rebuilds and as such do not pose much of a threat.

There seems little opposition to Golden State piling up the wins on their way to the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Warriors, 10/11 to win the Western Conference, return home to the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Monday for a two-game home stand. The Denver Nuggets are the visitors with the Clippers arriving in town on Wednesday.
 
Golden State then opens what might be their toughest road trip of the season when they make a five-game swing that will include games against the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets.

Houston lost to the Warriors in Oakland last week and the Rockets have slumped recently with seven defeats in their last 10 outings. Saturday Houston was in Detroit to play the Pistons at the Little Caesar's Arena.

With no James Harden, absent because of a hamstring strain, the Rockets fell 108-101 to their hosts.

Houston faces the Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on Monday, returns home to welcome in the Portland Trail Blazers later in the week before heading out once more to play the Suns in Phoenix and the Clippers in LA.

The Warriors are 11/10 to win the NBA title this year with the Cavaliers 11/1 and the Rockets priced at 13/8.

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