Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – David Lee had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-105 in their playoff opener Saturday at Staples Center.
Klay Thompson top scored 22 and Stephen Curry added 14 points for the win.
The Clippers raced to a 12-1 lead but the Warriors quickly answered with a 13-3 burst to close in at 15-14.
A 9-4 run to end the quarter put the Clippers on top 29-24.
Griffin was benched early in the second as the Warriors overtook the Clippers 34-31 behind 3-pointers by Harrison Barnes and Thompson.
J.J. Redick scored seven for the Clippers while Thompson totaled six for the Warriors in the second leading to a 52-all tie at halftime.
The teams answered each other’s baskets evenly in the third until 2:15 of the quarter when the Warriors scored eight straight to claim an 87-79 lead entering the final quarter.
The Warriors were up 98-88 midway in the fourth but Paul hit two 3-pointers in scoring 10 as the Clippers went on a 15-4 run for a 103-102 lead with 2:10 left.
The Clippers’ defense forced the Warriors into turning the ball over on a shot-clock violation. But Darren Collison got called for a loose-ball foul and Draymond Green made the go-ahead free throws for a 107-105 lead.
Down 108-105, Paul got fouled and missed both. Collison got possession, but turned the ball over when he stepped out of bounds.
Paul led the Clippers with 28 points. Redick added 22 points, Griffin finished with 16 points, while DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds.