Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Statement made
Los Angeles is a two-team town. California is a four-team state.
Only one team is at the top of that mountain. Only one team right now looks like a championship-caliber team. Only one of these teams looks serious.
Yes, that would be the Clippers. It still feels weird to say that. But the Clippers dismantled their two biggest rivals in the Pacific Division at home in back-to-back nights. That is a statement of sorts. It is a statement that the Pacific Division is theirs.
And this was quite a statement.
Golden State got beat up pretty bad. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 115-89. They now have a four-game lead over the Warriors for first place. And they are pretty well established now as the top dog in the West.
Los Angeles scored 35 points in the first quarter and had a 35-12 lead after 12 minutes. The Clippers scored 104 points through three...