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Clippers lose edge against Golden State Warriors
Clippers lose edge against Golden State Warriors

The Clippers long ago proved they are a playoff team. The question now is are they a team that can contend for a title? "We believe we are," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said before Tuesday’s game with the Golden State Warriors. There may be few others that share that belief though after the Clippers let a 17-point first-half lead get away in a physical, often chippy 110-106 loss that had the intensity, if not the quality, of a playoff matchup. The Clippers played brilliantly at times, horribly at others in losing for the first time in eight games. Lost, too, was an opportunity to move within a half-game of the third seed in the Western Conference and into position to play...