Warriors Hang On To Top Clippers
Coach Doc Rivers is equally as irritated – and believes the Warriors tried to get Griffin thrown out.
Griffin and Golden State's Draymond Inexperienced have been lengthy gone before a wild finish Wednesday night time, when Klay Thompson blocked a shot by Chris Paul with 1 second left then contested Jamal Crawford's 3-pointer that fell quick on the final buzzer to ship the Warriors past Los Angeles a hundred and five-103.
Griffin was ejected for his second technical with 10:forty three remaining after scuffling with Andrew Bogut, following Inexperienced to the showers after they received into it at the end of the third. Green was tossed for a flagrant 2 foul.
"When you have a look at it, I did not do something and I received thrown out of the game. All of it boils all the way down to they (referees) fell for it," Griffin mentioned. "To me, it is cowardly basketball. I don't know their intentions, but it worked… If I knew the answer I would probably be in a unique position. Tonight I bought two technicals for nothing."
Without Griffin, the Clippers missed too many chances in the waning moments.
Paul's lay-in with 11.9 seconds left went around the rim and out, but Andre Iguodala missed a pair of free throws with 9.three seconds remaining. That gave the Clippers the ball again with eight.three seconds to go.
Stephen Curry overcame a sluggish start to rating seven of his 15 factors over the final 3:01 to go together with 11 assists as Golden State snapped the Pacific Division-main Clippers' season-best five-game winning streak. Thompson finished with 23 points and David Lee had 23 factors and thirteen rebounds.
When the sport ended, gamers tangled near the tunnel to the Clippers' locker room and security personnel stepped in – and former Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson may very well be seen screaming in the middle of all of it.
Whether the Warriors meant to ignite Griffin, Rivers can solely guess.
"I do not know in the event that they had been nevertheless it sure seemed like it. I am unable to accuse them of that but it surely seemed prefer it. I am not sure but that's what it seemed like," Rivers said. "It is no matter it's a must to do to win, I suppose."
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Blake Griffin and Andrew Bogut bought into a scuffle in the fourth quarter, resulting in Griffin's ejection. The Warriors' Draymond Inexperienced was despatched to the locker room within the third.
This one was certain was feisty and festive from the opening tipoff at offered-out Oracle Arena, the place followers wore "Christmas Whiteout" snowflake Warriors T-shirts for the holiday occasion.
Paul had 26 factors and eleven assists as he and Curry placed on a late-game show between two of the Western Convention's high level guards. Griffin added 20 factors, 14 rebounds and 5 assists earlier than his early exit.
Bogut added 10 factors and 14 rebounds.
Neither Rivers nor Warriors coach Mark Jackson is able to deem this a California rivalry simply yet – not till both groups are consistent contenders yr after 12 months, they are saying.
It's definitely getting heated sufficient to be near such standing. And so they see each other twice more. The Clippers come back Jan. 30.
"We like them. Merry Christmas," Jackson said jokingly. "It is just physical basketball, so we don't get caught up in that… It's good, old school basketball between two groups which might be playing for one thing."
Griffin was held again by teammates at the end of the third quarter while jawing with Inexperienced. Following a evaluation, Griffin obtained a technical and Inexperienced was ejected for a flagrant foul 2 after throwing an elbow.
"You might have some key matchups in the recreation where guys need to go at each other," Inexperienced mentioned. "Any time you have got that, you're going to have a tricky, laborious-nosed recreation."
Then, officials went to review once extra to look at a tussle between Griffin and Bogut. Griffin left the game whereas Bogut was hit with a flagrant 1 and a technical.
The Clippers, who by no means trailed in the first half, took a seventy seven-seventy four lead into the see-noticed fourth. They dropped to 19-3 when leading after three quarters and 8-3 on the road.
Los Angeles beat Golden State 126-a hundred and fifteen at house on Oct. 31 at hand the Warriors their first loss a day after a season-opening win in opposition to the Lakers.
Curry performed when it mattered, though he is taking pictures just 9 for forty four in three Christmas games. Lee and Bogut every have double digits in rebounds in 10 straight video games.
Golden State grabbed its first lead at the 10:35 mark within the third on Bogut's operating jumper and started the second half with an 11-6 spurt.
The Warriors have been 22 for 52 in the first half – taking more shots than the Clippers' 21 of forty – however Lee's dunk pulled Golden State inside 53-51 at halftime.
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still gets his due respect… The Warriors played their 23rd Christmas sport and third in 4 years after having Christmas off for 26 years. They misplaced their earlier Dec. 25 outing to the Clippers a hundred and five-86 at Oracle – Los Angeles' last on Golden State's house ground – to begin the lockout-shortened sixty six-game 2011-12 season… The Warriors have not misplaced a season collection to the Clippers since 2005-06. Golden State was certainly one of solely two groups along with the Thunder to take three of 4 from Los Angeles final season.
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