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NBA: Warriors Beat LA Clippers 109-105 for 1-0 Lead in Playoff Series

Apr 20 2014, 8:28pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

NBA: Warriors Beat LA Clippers 109-105 for 1-0 Lead in Playoff Series
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The Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on April 19 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven first round playoff series.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on April 19 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven first round playoff series. 

Klay Thompson led the way for Golden State with 22 points while David Lee chipped in with 20 points. Superstar guard Stephen Curry had 14 for the Warriors, per The Associated Press (via ESPN). 

Chris Paul was the Clippers' top scorer with 28 points. J.J. Redick had 22 while Blake Griffin finished with 16. Both Paul and Griffin were saddled with foul trouble which allowed the Warriors to inch closer.  

Golden State got off to a rough start, missing eight of its first 11 shots and even fell behind by 11 points at 12-1 after DeAndre Jordan scored on a short stab off an assist by Glen Davis. 

Golden State made its first field goal with 7:37 remaining in the first quarter coming off a timeout when Curry drained an 18-foot jumper. 

Three minutes later, Lee scored from three feet out to trim the deficit to three at 15-12. The Clippers would manage to keep the Warriors at bay with Jamal Crawford's three-pointer at the end of the first quarter for a 29-24 lead. 

Golden State would threaten at 31-29 on Harrison Barnes' own triple three minutes into the second quarter which forced Clippers head coach Doc Rivers to call a timeout. 

The two squads would battle through several deadlocks in the ensuing possessions before Curry's three-pointer gave the Warriors their first lead of the game, 43-40.

Barnes would tie the game at the half at 52 apiece with his two free throws off a foul on Davis after he grabbed the offensive rebound. 

Griffin scored the Clippers' first six points of the third quarter to give his team a four-point lead. Thompson and Redick would trade long bombs within a 50-second span for a 64-63 count in favor of Golden State. 

With the score knotted at 79-all, the Warriors would go on an 8-0 run to establish their biggest lead of the game at that point at 87-79. The Clippers missed three field goals with Jordan turning the ball over twice during that span. 

The Warriors would establish an 11-point lead of their own in the final quarter on Jermaine O'Neal's two consecutive buckets. 

Los Angeles would go on a 16-6 run midway through the period behind Paul's 10 points to knot the count at 102 apiece. Clippers point guard Darren Collison would steal Curry's pass in the ensuing possession and eventually got fouled by Thompson.

Collison woud troop to the free-throw line as Golden State was already in the penalty situation. He missed the first and made the second to give Los Angeles its last lead of the game. 

Barnes drained a three-pointer while Griffin made two free throws for the game's final deadlock at 105-all. Griffin would commit his sixth and final foul on Lee during a battle for the rebound with 48 seconds remaining. 

After Curry missed a 22-foot jumper with 24 seconds left, Warriors forward Draymond Green grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled by Collison, sending Green to the free-throw line. 

Green would make both free throws. After several unusuccessful possessions by the Clippers, Barnes and Thompson's splits from the charity line finished off the night's scoring. 

Paul missed a running three-pointer with two seconds remaining, relinquisihing homecourt advantage to Golden State with the loss. 

 

Griffin would cause a stir after his last foul. 

He made his way to the sideline, grabbed a cup of water and put up his hands in protest while staring at the scoreboard. He spilled water on Warriors fan and San Francisco resident, 23-year-old Will Meldman in the process, per The Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke. 

Griffin told Plaschke,"I keep putting myself in a hole, in a bad situation. It affected our team, obviously. I've got to do a better job."

Video of the incident can be seen here

 

 

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