Instant Replay: Warriors fend off Clippers for Game 1 win

Instant Replay: Warriors fend off Clippers for Game 1 win
April 19, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Stephen Curry tallied 14 points, seven assists and seven turnovers; Chris Paul collected 28 points, eight assists and six turnovers. (USATSI)


LOS ANGELES -- The Warriors stunned the sports world Saturday, taking a 109-105 victory over the heavily-favored Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Klay Thompson made one of two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to provide the final margin, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

With 24 seconds remaining and the game tied 105-105, forward Draymond Green hit a pair of free throws to give the Warriors a two-point lead. Harrison Barnes later made one of two from the line with 13.9 seconds left for a 108-105 lead.

Clippers star Chris Paul had an opportunity to pull Los Angeles to within one with 10.4 seconds left but missed a pair of free throws.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Thompson's 22 points. David Lee added 20, Stephen Curry and Barnes 14 each and Jermaine O'Neal tallied 13.

The Warriors survived an astounding 23 turnovers by outrebounding Los Angeles 48-42 and outshooting them 44.4 percent to 42.4 percent. They also won the battle of second-chance points 25-16.

The game was intense but not particularly testy, though Warriors forward Andre Iguodala fouled out with 3:03 left and Clippers forward Blake Griffin fouled out inside the final minute. Griffin started and played a total of 19 minutes, while Iguodala started for the Warriors and lasted 20 minutes.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: Lee was, by turns, very bad and very good. For most of the second half, he was the latter. He scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds after halftime.

Thompson did not shoot especially well (7-of-20) but he made some big shots to help the Warriors maintain leads in the second half and put the game away late.

Curry, Thompson and Lee played every minute of the second half.

Green submitted another fine all-around game, with seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

TURNING POINT: With 2:15 left in the third quarter and the game tied 79-79, Lee drew Griffin's fifth foul. The Clippers star went to the bench, whereupon the Warriors reeled off an 8-0 run to close the quarter with an 87-79 lead.

It was a close game the rest of the way, but the Warriors managed to maintain control down the stretch.

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INJURY REPORT: For the Warriors, C Andrew Bogut (fractured rib) and C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery rehab) are out indefinitely.

For the Clippers, SF Danny Granger (strained left hamstring) returned to the lineup.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors and Clippers reconvene Monday night at Staples for Game 2. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.


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