The win gives the Clippers a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
It should have been easier, given an 18-point lead in the third quarter, but the Clippers averted a last second shot by
In the end, the keys to the Clippers' win were DeAndre Jorda,n who had 14 points with an outstanding 22 rebounds. He also had five blocked shots.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak at Oracle for the Clippers and was only their third win in 18 games at the venue.
The Clippers had an 18-point lead with 4:24 to play but the Warriors kept chipping away to make it close.
The Warriors were able to close to within three points with 49 seconds left, but Griffin was fouled with 26 seconds to play and made one of two. The Warriors came back and Curry made a three-pointer to make it a one-point Clippers lead, 97-96.
Paul was fouled but made only the second free throw, setting up the final shot by the Warriors.
Paul finished with 15 points,
Curry led the Warriors with 15 points.
It's not to say that winning a Game 3 is important but last season 14 of the 15 teams that won that game went on to win the series. So, the Clippers had to take some solace in taking a 75-64 lead into the final quarter.
With the Clippers taking a three-point lead into the second half, you would have thought that the Warriors would have figured out that stopping
Apparently not. Griffin scored the Clippers' first 10 points of the third quarter to give them a 10-point lead, 56-44, with 9:08 left in the quarter. The only flaw in Griffin's game was his free-throw shooting, making only one of five to that point.
The Clippers went up by 14 points with 7:13 left on a
Jordan was coming up big for the Clippers, with 14 points, 21 rebounds and four blocked shots after three quarters.
With the quarter half over and the Clippers with a big lead the game started to get a bit chippy.
Things started to go the Warriors' way when
The Warriors were on a good run but
Neither team was able to put together a big run in the quarter but the Clippers had to be happy with being on top 46-43 at halftime on the road at
The struggles of the Warriors can be shown in two statistics. They were 1 for 12 in three-point shots. And All-Star guard
And the stats that stood out for the Clippers were
The Clippers took an eight-point lead, their biggest of the game to that point, with 2:57 to play on a
The Warriors made a short run near the end of the quarter with a two by Curry and a three by
Curry made a free throw after a
In 24 minutes we'll know if the Clippers can keep the advantage and win their first road playoff game in its last seven tries.
The early lead the Clippers were able to take in the first two games was not to be Thursday night in Oakland. But, then again, they had to be happy with a small lead in the overly loud
Neither team was able to establish a big run early.
But, still the Clippers played strong basketball and neutralized the crowd with a 24-21 lead. One area the Clippers did slip a lot was at the free-throw line, where they were only two for six. They shot better than 90% in Game 2.
With a little more than six minutes to play there was a sequence where
The Clippers were able to come back and take their first lead of the game, 14-13, with 4:21 to play on a Redick jumper but the Warriors went on a 6-0 run to reclaim the lead, 19-14.
Griffin and Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with six points. Lee and Jermaine O'Neal led the Warriors with six points each.
With the start of Game 3 of the first-round playoff series between the
Will it be the team that got into foul trouble, missed free throws and generally gave the Warriors a gift of a road win in Game 1?
Or will it be the team that dominated and won by a franchise playoff-record 40 points in Game 2?
The best-of-seven series is tied, 1-1. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
One thing for sure is the Clippers won’t have the always polite and occasionally robust encouragement they get at
The Clippers have lost 15 of their last 17 games there and currently have a five-game regular-season losing streak in Oakland.
Another thing to worry about is the health of
Paul against Warriors point guard
The referees for Game 3 are Ken Mauer, Eric Lewis and Ed Malloy.