Hey, another ‘rivalry’ for Clippers

Thursday marked the first time the Clippers have played Golden State since Jan. 21, when the Warriors scored a 106-99 victory to capture the season series, 3-1.
It also ended a contentious month in which the teams met three times. The first time was a 115-94 Warriors home win in which they outscored the Clippers in all four quarters.
Three days later and after a win over the Lakers, the rejuvenated Clippers scored a 115-89 win over visiting Golden State. The Clippers jumped out to a 35-12 after the first quarter and led, 103-66, heading into the final period.
“That game was different,” Rivers said. “There was something going on clearly in that game and you could see it. I asked the guys about it today and they all started laughing, so that was the answer. The spirit was different in that game. That’s what we have to get to every game.”
Playing the same opponent that close together doesn’t happen often in the NBA, but Rivers would like to see more of it.
“I wish we did that more in the league where we play them and then play them again the next night, like in baseball,” he said. “I love that because that second game is a monster and I love that. I think that’s fun.”
The next time the clubs play is on Christmas Day at Oracle Arena. The other two meetings are Jan. 30 and March 12.

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