A fiery welcome to the Year of the Rooster at Oracle

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Story and photos by Chetskyman

OAKLAND – The Golden State Warriors made a bold statement on the court against the Los Angeles Clippers last Jan. 28 when they demolished the latter in a 144-98 win.

What seemed to be a developing rivalry and an anticipated close game turned out to be a massacre as the Warriors played exceptional defense and relentless offense shooting 62% from the field.

The day started off with a press conference with Warriors Chief Marketing Officer Chip Bowers and Executive Vice President of Business Development Brandon Schneider. At the press con, Chip Bowers unveiled the Warriors special Chinese New Year uniform to be worn by all the players at the game. Also in attendance at the press conference were Chinese Deputy Consul General Luo Linqan and San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim who accepted their special uniforms courtesy of the Warriors.

The game started off slow for both teams. Warrior coach Steve Kerr must have pushed a button during a time out when suddenly a barrage of baskets mostly from 3-point area started pouring in confusing the Clippers thus widening the lead to double digits. In what would be a premonition of things to come, Warrior guard Steph Curry made a half court shot to end the half sending loud cheers and pandemonium as the crowd yelled “MVP…MVP”. Halftime score was 72-51 in favor of the Warriors.

In lieu of the celebration, the halftime show featured performers from a group called ‘Lion Dance Me’ who came all the way from China to send good health and good fortune to all those in attendance that evening.

The second half of the game was no different than the first. The Warriors seemed more focused and determined while the Clippers, in the absence of point guard Chris Paul, seemed lost and wavering.

Final score was Warriors 144, Clippers 98. Leading scorers for both teams are Blake Griffin for the Clippers with 20 points and Steph Curry for the Warriors with 43 point.

The Warriors became one of the first NBA teams to wear Chinese New Year-themed uniforms, debuting the threads on February 20, 2015 against the San Antonio Spurs also at Oracle Arena.

Management and staff of FilAm Star would like to acknowledge Aaron Yang of Resonate Media, Massimo Degaudenzi and Dominica Sizar of the Warrior organization for the opportunity to cover this special event.

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