Blake Griffin scored 24 points, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan had double-doubles and the Los Angeles Clippers climbed out of an early 12-point hole to outlast the Golden State Warriors, 126-121, in a thriller at the Staples Center Saturday night, winning their first-round series in seven games and advancing to play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
Behind red-hot shooting from Draymond Green, the Warriors took an early 34-22 lead. Green went 5-of-5 in the first half, making all three of his three-point attempts. By halftime, Golden State was 9-of-12 from beyond the arc and led 64-56.
That was when the Clippers took over.
Los Angeles outscored the Warriors 31-20 during the third quarter as Paul came to life. The floor general would end up scoring 15 of his 22 points in the second half, and he also finished with 14 assists.
Jordan was just as sensational, recording 15 points, 18 rebounds and coming up with numerous key blocks. He also had a huge putback slam to put LA up five down the stretch.
Still, fueled by 33 points from Stephen Curry, who went a perfect 16-of-16 from the free-throw line, and some unlikely sources of offense, Golden State kept coming.
Jordan Crawford, who scored 12, poured in eight of the first 10 Warriors points in the fourth quarter, including a three-point play, a triple and a putback, the latter of which put Golden State up 94-91.
The lead was short-lived, though, as the Clippers proceeded to go on a 7-0 run to take a 98-94 edge.
Los Angeles shot 55.4 percent from the floor to overcome 14 Warriors three-pointers.
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