Clippers Fend Off Warriors to Advance
(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers had a night of celebration after a week of distraction.
The Clippers, which have dealt this week with their owner receiving a lifetime ban from the NBA after a recording of him making racist comments was made public, defeated the Golden State Warriors 126-121 Saturday, to win their first round playoff series in seven games.
"I just thought with all this stuff, this team just needed this win,'' Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "This was a hard week. It feels like two months. I just needed to be able to smile and laugh and cheer, and be proud of something. And I was very proud of my players.''
The Clippers shot 55 percent from the field with six players scoring in double figures. Blake Griffin led the way with 24 points while Chris Paul had 22 and 14 assists in the win.
"I'm just happy we pulled it out,'' Paul said. "It's going to sound crazy, but it was all about tonight. Everything else was in the past. We didn't dwell on all that stuff, and not to diminish how serious everything has been in the past week or so. It was all about basketball tonight.''
The Warriors put up a good fight. They led with 2:21 remaining before the Clippers went on a 18-12 run to finish out the game. Stephen Curry had a game-high 33 points in the loss.
"We fought so hard this whole series, this whole season,'' Curry said. "It stings. It's disappointing for sure.''
The Clippers now advance to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in round two. Game 1 is Monday night in Oklahoma City.
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