The moment was right in front of the
When the time came to grab hold of that moment, when Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series hung in the balance, the Clippers failed.
The Warriors, the team the Clippers despise more than any other, didn't shy away from the moment, earning a 109-105 victory Saturday, as the home team simply wilted away at Staples Center.
As a result, the Clippers trail, 1-0, in the best-of-seven series and have lost the home-court advantage. Game 2 is Monday night at Staples.
"I don't want to say it was the pressure of the playoffs. It was just the way the game went," said
On Saturday it also led to
Griffin eventually fouled out with 48.3 seconds left, less a minute after he'd tied the score at 105-105 on two free throws with 1:31 left.
He tried to give the Clippers the lead, but missed a layup and a follow tip-in try. Then Griffin fouled
The Clippers didn't score again.
"I kept putting myself in a hole and a bad situation fouling," Griffin said. "I can't say whether that affected other guys or not. It affected our team, obviously. Like I said, I've got to do a better job."
With or without Griffin, the Clippers botched opportunity after opportunity.
The Warriors, led by
"We just had a tremendous will and a tremendous competitive spirit tonight," Golden State Coach
With the score tied at 105, Paul stole the ball from Thompson and passed ahead to
"I've got to take care of the basketball," Paul said.
Green missed two free throws with 10.4 seconds left and Collison chased down the long rebound at the sideline, but he stepped out of bounds with 7.5 seconds left.
"We made too many mistakes to win the game," Clippers Coach
The Clippers now have lost Game 1 of a playoff series six times since moving to Los Angeles in 1984.
They lost the series each of previous five times that has happened.
"I told them going in, you would love to win all your home games," Rivers said. "But if you don't, you don't. And you've got to win one on the road, maybe two on the road, to win the series. I've said that to them all year. You have to be prepared for all that. We have to win a game on the road now."