Gordon's hot shooting pushes Clippers past WarriorsFeb 24, 2009 - 6:58 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Los Angeles Clippers rookie Eric Gordon caught fire in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors failed to keep up.
Gordon scored 27 points as the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 118-105 victory over the Warriors on Monday.
After hitting only one of his first eight shots from the field and scoring 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting in the first half, Gordon found his rhythm after emerging from the locker rooms.
"I know what I need to do," Gordon said. "I just need to start making (shots) and eventually I will. I just had a bad start, but I turned it around in the second half.
"We were able to make the open shots we had tonight. With the Warriors' up-tempo offense, we knew we were going to get open shots and we were able to knock them down tonight."
The 20-year-old Indiana product drained all four of his shots in the third, including three from beyond the arc, as Los Angeles took an 18-point lead with 3:23 remaining in the session.
"The thing about Eric is he is a great scorer," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He gets on a roll and has a lot of ways to get the ball in the basket."
However, the Warriors closed the third on a 10-2 run, narrowing the deficit to 89-79 entering the final period.
Golden State continued to trim the Clippers' advantage, pulling within 98-95 when Stephen Jackson's 3-pointer with 7:02 remaining capped a 16-9 surge.
Gordon halted the Warriors' momentum by hitting back-to-back 3s to give Los Angeles a nine-point lead, which Golden State failed to overcome.
Baron Davis narrowly missed a triple-double, recording 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds while Zach Randolph had 27 points and 11 boards.
"(Davis) is going to do his thing," Jackson said of his former teammate. "I knew he was going to have a better game than the last time we came here. He took control of the game and got the ball to Zach when he needed to. He had a good game."
Marcus Camby scored nine points and grabbed six boards during the win in his first game since February 9 after missing the last four contests with an ear infection.
"It always relieves the pressure," Davis said of Camby's return.
"Now we can get buckets from all over the floor."
Jackson poured in 28 points to lead five players in double figures for the Warriors, who suffered just their second loss in the last six games.
Andris Biedrins contributed four points and four rebounds for Golden State in his first action since February 6 as he was forced to sit out the last five games with a sprained right ankle.
"I didn't think he was very good," Warriors coach Don Nelson said of Biedrins. "It was his first game back. I didn't think he was very active. I was careful with him tonight. We have three days off so next game he'll be ready to roll."
GOLDEN STATE 105
LA CLIPPERS 118 FINAL
Feb 24 12:59 AM
GOLDEN STATE 79
LA CLIPPERS 89 END, 3RD QTR
Feb 24 12:27 AM
GOLDEN STATE 55
LA CLIPPERS 60 HALFTIME
Feb 23 11:44 PM
GOLDEN STATE 27
LA CLIPPERS 27 END, 1ST QTR
Feb 23 11:07 PM
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