Going into Saturday night's showdown, the Warriors were 2-0 against the Clippers this season, including a 115-94 blowout at home on Wednesday. The Clippers responded by going off on their division opponent with a 115-89 win in which they led by 39 points during the third quarter.
"The first time they beat us here, you would have thought they won the NBA Finals," Paul added. "Then they beat us up there pretty handily, so we wanted to protect our home court. This was the third time we've played those guys at the end of a back-to-back, so we knew if we let them get out and run, we'd be in for a long night."
The Clippers certainly protected their home this time. During the third quarter, they made sure to put to bed any idea of the Warriors making a run to challenge them on Saturday night.
In the three highlights above, Paul found teammate DeAndre Jordan for three consecutive scores that pushed the lead to 38 points. The first was the Warriors trapping Paul very hard off the pick-and-roll with Jordan. Paul remained patient, found space going to his right and then turned the corner to get into the middle of the floor before finding Jordan at the rim.
It looked like Jordan was trying to imitate J.R. Smith by turning a chest pass into an alley-oop.
The second play was Jarrett Jack losing the ball while trying to dribble past CP3. Paul ended up leading a 3-on-0 fastbreak, tossing a pass off the backboard and letting Jordan finish it with a two-handed dunk.
The third play was the Warriors again trapping Paul on the pick-and-roll. Instead of attacking to the right this time, he apparently wanted to show off his talent for passing the basketball. He retreated against the two defenders to the right corner near the half-court line, waited for a back screen of the help defender picking up Jordan on the roll and then throwing a perfect lob pass from 46 feet away.
Jordan dunked it home, and we got the Mark Jackson struggle face that you see at the end of the video. Chris Paul is absurd.