The Golden State Warriors started out behind Steph Curry’s hot three-point shooting and stayed hot all game, blowing out the Los Angeles Clippers by 22 points to tie their first-round series after four games.
Curry hit five of his first six threes as he had 17 first-quarter points, at one point equalling the Clippers’ scoring total by himself. Curry finished with 33 points on 10-22 from the floor
It was Harrison Barnes who provided some critical late-game offense, splitting a pair of free-throws after a technical foul before sinking a three from the corner after the Warriors once again blew up the Clippers porous defense.
With all the talk before this game surrounding Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s comments, the Clippers couldn’t be blamed for lacking the required playoff intensity.
Chris Paul picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter, forcing him to the bench as he never looked truly engaged in the proceedings. He would finish with 16 points, though never came to dominate the offense.
Blake Griffin tried to keep the Clippers in the game, as did Jamal Crawford. The pair combined for 47 points, Griffin shooting 8-14 and Crawford 8-18.
With the referees calling the game very tight, both teams had to sit key contributors due to foul trouble. Klay Thompson fouled out in the fourth quarter on a controversial foul.
David Lee finished the game with five fouls, as did Jamal Crawford. Blake Griffin had four.
The Clippers made a statement during pre-game warm-ups, the entire team taking off their Clippers-branded warm ups, leaving them in a heap at center court.
They then proceeded to warm up and sit on the bench wearing their shirts inside out.
Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry: 33 points, 10-20 FGS, 7-14 3FGS
Andre Iguodala: 22 points, 6-8 FGS, 8-10 FTS
Harrison Barnes: 15 points, 6-7 FGS
Los Angeles Clippers
Jamal Crawford: 26 points, 8-18 FGS
Blake Griffin: 21 points, 8-14 FGS, 6 rebounds
Chris Paul: 16 points, 5-9 FGS, 6 assists