Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Blake Griffin had 32 points and eight rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers in outlasting the Golden State Warriors, 98-96 Thursday at at Oracle Arena.
DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 22 rebounds in the win that gave the Clippers a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference first-round series.
Behind by as much as five points in the first, Jamal Crawford hit a couple of 3-pointers in a 10-0 Clippers run as they overtook the Warriors, 24-19. A basket by the Nuggets’ Jordan Crawford made it 24-21 at the end the quarter.
Griffin scored nine as the Clippers led throughout in the second quarter, which ended at 46-43.
In the third quarter, Griffin and Jordan bruised their way inside Warriors’ defense to push the Clippers by as much as 18 points at 65-47.
A 10-0 blast allowed the Warriors to close in at 68-60 with 2:24 left in the third.
Behind by 75-64 entering the fourth quarter, the Warriors slowly chipped away at the Clippers lead capped by 5 points from Klay Thompson to close in at 87-86 with 4:24 left.
Paul led the Clippers offense by scoring seven points in a span of 1:39 but Thompson’s two baskets and Stephen Curry’s two 3-pointers kept the Warriors behind by just 97-96 with 11 seconds left.
After Paul missed one of two free throws, Curry tried another 3-pointer but missed as time ran our for the Warriors.
Thompson scored 26 points while Curry had 16 points and 15 assists in the losing effort by the Warriors.
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Oakland.