(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Raise your hand if you want to see a playoff series between these two teams.
Klay Thompson blocked Chris Paul’s shot attempt at the buzzer, and the Golden State Warriors held on for a thrilling 105-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin was ejected early in the fourth quarter after picking up his second technical foul. There were several skirmishes between the two teams in the final period, and the Warriors were able to hang on for the victory.
“If you look at it, I didn’t do anything and I got thrown out of the game. It all boils down to they (referees) fell for it,” Griffin said. “To me, it’s cowardly basketball. I don’t know their intentions, but it worked….If I knew the answer I’d probably be in a different position. Tonight I got two technicals for nothing.”
Warriors guard Stephen Curry hit key shots down the stretch for the Warriors. He scored seven points of his 15 points in the final three minutes. Paul led the Clippers (20-10) with 26 points and 11 assists.
While the game was certainly heated, neither Clippers head coach Doc Rivers nor Warriors head coach Mark Jackson were ready to deem this a rivalry between the two teams.
“We like them. Merry Christmas,” Jackson said jokingly. “It’s just physical basketball, so we don’t get caught up in that….It’s good, old-fashioned basketball between two teams that are playing for something.”
The Warriors (17-13) will face the Clippers again on Jan. 30.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN