Byline: Marcus Thompson II
LOS ANGELES _ Once again, the effort was there. But as Golden State Warriors coach Mike Montgomery often says, this is a performance league.
The Warriors _ depleted by injuries, hobbled by inexperience, limited by talent _ didn't get enough of a performance Saturday at the Staples Center, losing to the Los Angeles Clippers for the fourth time this season, 96-85.
The Clippers (21-23) survived the Warriors' effort with an inside-outside attack most teams would love. They connected on 6-of-15 three-point attempts, five by lefty point guard Rick Brunson, who finished with 17 points. The Clippers' perimeter shooting had the …