Final

Los Angeles wins series 4-3 (Game 6 of 7)

Los Angeles wins series 4-3

Game 1: Saturday, April 19th
Warriors109Final
Clippers105
Game 2: Monday, April 21st
Warriors98Final
Clippers138
Game 3: Thursday, April 24th
Clippers98Final
Warriors96
Game 4: Sunday, April 27th
Clippers97Final
Warriors118
Game 5: Tuesday, April 29th
Warriors103Final
Clippers113
Game 6: Thursday, May 1st
Clippers99Final
Warriors100
Game 7: Saturday, May 3rd
Warriors121Final
Clippers126

Clippers 99

(57-25, 23-18 away)

Warriors 100

(51-31, 27-14 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    10:30 PM ET, May 1, 2014

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 25 26 16 3299
    GS 25 23 22 30100

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: M. Barnes 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Golden State: D. Green 14 Pts, 14 Reb, 4 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    Stephen Curry-led Warriors outlast Clippers to force Game 7

    ESPN.com news services

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- After a first-round series filled with drama on the court and off it, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers will put the focus back on basketball in the biggest way possible.

    Next up: Game 7.

    Stephen Curry scored 24 points and dished out nine assists, and the Warriors forced a winner-take-all series finale by outlasting the Clippers 100-99 on Thursday night.

    "We are going to a Game 7 despite all the sideline music, and I like my chances because I've got a group of guys that want to do whatever it takes to win," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.

    Andre Iguodala added 15 points, and Draymond Green had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, handing Los Angeles one more obstacle to overcome in a week full of them after Clippers owner Donald Sterling earned a lifetime ban from the NBA for his racist remarks.

    Game 7 is Saturday night in Los Angeles, where an inspired Clippers crowd rallying behind the motto "We Are One" will be on hand at Staples Center.

    "It's exciting. A lot of guys in the locker room haven't been in a Game 7," said Curry, who shot 9-of-24.

    The Warriors limited big men Blake Griffin (17 points, nine rebounds) and DeAndre Jordan (19 rebounds, nine points) even after center Jermaine O'Neal left with a sprained right knee in the second quarter. The Clippers simply ran out of time in the closing minute, missing three shots before Matt Barnes made a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds to play.

    Los Angeles fouled Curry, who missed both free throws. Green grabbed the rebound as the buzzer sounded, touching off a confetti-filled celebration throughout the gold-shirt-wearing sellout crowd of 19,596, which packed an unusually warm Oracle Arena that rocked and roared throughout.

    "It was one of those hustle games. Give them credit. I thought they came up with just enough plays to beat us," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

    Jamal Crawford scored 19 points, and Barnes had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who are trying to win just their third playoff series since Sterling bought the franchise in 1981.

    Clippers point guard Chris Paul appeared hampered by the strained left hamstring that has bothered him all series. He crouched down and held his knees during stoppages, often wincing in pain, and trainers worked on his left hand. He finished with nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.

    Golden State shot 39.3 percent, while the Clippers were held to 36.8 percent.

    "We understand the journey," Crawford said. "It won't be easy, but we feel like we're in a good position. We're at home and we'll be ready."

    With the stakes higher than they've been all season, the teams traded blows in a fast and physical game that often featured more fouls than flamboyant plays.

    O'Neal appeared to take the worst one, spraining his right knee when Glen Davis lowered his shoulder and crashed into him while going for a rebound in the second quarter. O'Neal lay in pain until he limped to the locker with the help of teammates.

    O'Neal, who is scheduled to have an MRI, hopes to play in Game 7.

    "Anything short of God coming back and rapture, anything short of that, I will play," he said.

    O'Neal called out Davis, his former teammate in Boston, for what he deemed a "dirty play."

    "I mean, I'm not going to go try to dive into somebody's legs -- it wasn't a scramble for the ball," he said, according to USA Today. "I respect people's ability to come out and perform and take care of their family based on their bodies.

    "... Either he has terrible balance as a pro athlete, or that was a dirty play. God don't like ugly."

    Green filled the void for a Warriors front line already missing two centers, including starter Andrew Bogut, who has sat out the series with a fractured right rib. Green's physical play inside highlighted a game that officials had to constantly control.

    The teams combined for 31 fouls in the first half and 52 for the game. Griffin, J.J. Redick and Golden State's David Lee all fouled out in the fourth quarter.

    The teams kept things just as close on the scoreboard as on the court. Los Angeles led 51-48 at the half, while the Warriors went up 70-67 through three quarters.

    The Warriors began to pull away when Iguodala hit a corner 3-pointer in front of the Clippers' bench, falling to the floor after drawing Griffin's sixth foul with 2:31 to play. Iguodala strutted down the court and gave a low hand slap to Green as the crowd roared to its feet with Golden State up 96-89, but the celebration would have to wait.

    The Clippers came back quickly, cutting Golden State's lead to two on a 3-pointer by Crawford and a layup by Barnes. Both teams missed several shots in the final minute, especially Los Angeles.

    The Clippers missed three straight shots -- and corralled three rebounds -- before Barnes hit the 3 with 1.1 seconds remaining to trim Golden State's lead to one. Los Angeles had no time left for one more shot, forcing a much-anticipated finale between rising Pacific Division rivals.

    The Clippers and Warriors have played 10 games this season. Each team has won five.

    Game notes


    The Warriors had lost seven straight elimination games. ... The Warriors have won 17 of their past 20 home games against Los Angeles. ... Clippers reserve F Hedo Turkoglu sat out with a lower back injury suffered in Game 5. He is day to day.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

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    Research Notes

    This is the second-lowest effective field goal percentage given up by the Clippers in a loss this season.
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    Chris Paul was very unproductive last night in the Clippers loss to the Warriors only scoring 9 points, dishing out 8 assists with 4 turnovers and 5 personal fouls... Paul's teams are only 6-17 in the postseason when he dishes out less than 10 assists, 0-4 when he scores less than 10 points and 1-6 when he has 10 or less field goal attempts... Understanding as well, that Paul, himself, is only 19-27 in his postseason career...
    Blake Griffin scored 17 points before fouling out Thursday. He was primarily guarded by Draymond Green, who Griffin has had success against this series. On Thursday, Griffin was held to eight points on 4-of-14 shooting against Green.

    Blake Griffin's average field goal distance was 12.2 feet Thursday, the first time this series it was over 10 feet.
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    The Clippers shot 50% on catch-and-shoot jumpers in the first half, but went cold in the second half, only converting one such shot.
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    The Clippers went 3 of 11 inside the paint in the 1st half Thursday. The 6 paint points are the lowest for the Clippers in a half this season.

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