Clippers miss chance to end series as Warriors take it to seventh game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error OAKLAND — The Clippers on Thursday morning were in good spirits ahead of Game 6 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Considering what they have gone through the past few days, no thanks to the racist comments by now-banned team owner Donald Sterling, it was a cool scene as they joked with each other as well as reporters at the shootaround.Would it translate into a better performance than the one given by the Clippers this past Sunday in Game 4 at the same venue? After all, that 21-point loss came just a day after the Clippers were emotionally floored by the Sterling scandal.The Clippers looked real good for a few minutes, but on a night when Blake Griffin wasn’t Blake Griffin and Chris Paul wasn’t Chris Paul, the Warriors came through with a 100-99 victory before 19,596 extremely loud fans.The series is tied 3-3 and will head back to Los Angeles for Game 7 on Saturday. The Clippers shot just 36.8 percent from the field. The Warrior weren’t much better, shooting 39.3 percent.Curry led the Warriors with 24 points, but made just 9 of 24 shots. Andre Iguodala had 15 points and Draymond Green scored 14 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for Golden State. Klay Thompson scored nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.“It wasn’t a very well-played game by either team going by the shooting percentages,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “But I thought both teams played extremely hard. “I honestly though they played — I don’t know if it was harder than us — I thought we played hard, but I did think that they won the 50-50 game in a big way.“We kind of closed the gap with offensive rebounds in the second half a little bit, but I think they ended up taking 15 more shots than us in the first half and we were still up three or four.”The Clippers led 51-48 at halftime, but the Warriors had 14 offensive rebounds by then to just five for L.A. Golden State finished with 18 offensive rebounds to 16 for the Clippers.“Every big rebound they got,” Rivers said. “We cut the lead to two and Harrison Barnes got an offensive rebound. So they made the big plays and i thought it was a game where neither team shot the free throws well, neither team shot the ball well. It was one of those hustle games.”Rivers said he was looking forward to Game 7.“It’s going to be great to be at home and we’ll be back at our safe haven,” he said.As for Warriors coach Mark Jackson, he liked the hustle Rivers talked about.“I thought everybody tonight was engaged, was involved,” Jackson said. “They made mistakes, but they battled.”Several players on both teams were in foul trouble. Redick also fouled out for the Clippers with about a minute to play. Golden State’s David Lee, who did a fine job defensively on Griffin, fouled out with 9:44 left in the game.center_img Griffin made just 5 of 20 shots from the field through three quarters. He did better in the fourth, making 3 of 4 to finish with 17 points on 8-of-24 shooting. Griffin fouled out with 2:31 to play. Paul scored just nine points on 3-of-10 shooting. He did have eight assists.Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 19 points and Matt Barnes had 18 points and 11 rebounds. His team trailing 100-96, Barnes made a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds to play. The Clippers fouled Golden State’s Stephen Curry with 0.4 seconds left. Curry missed the first one, then purposely missed the second, the Warriors batting the ball away from the Clippers to end the game and send the Warriors’ faithful into a frenzy.J.J. Redick contributed 15 points for the Clippers and DeAndre Jordan had nine points and 19 rebounds.last_img

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