Stephen Curry scored 23 points and helped the Golden State Warriors to a rare win in Staples Center, 114-110, Saturday night over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Reserve forward Carl Landry put together his third consecutive strong performance to open the season, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 32 minutes off the Warriors’ bench.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with 27 points and 10 assists. Remarkably, he made just three shots from the field, but went 19-20 from the free-throw line to effectively keep L.A. in the game.
It was an ugly, no-flow type of game with tons of whistles. 65 personal fouls were called, along with eight technical fouls.
Blake Griffin and David Lee were chippy throughout the game, culminating in a double-technical in the fourth quarter. Griffin finished with a season-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Lee scored just eight points to go along with 12 boards.
Jamal Crawford also scored 27 for the Clippers, going 8-17 from the floor, including 4-8 from beyond-the-arc.
The Clippers dug themselves into an early hole, trailing by as many as 14 in the first half, before cutting the deficit to just four by halftime. They struggled mightily to find any sort of rhythm offensively, shooting just 42 percent from the floor for the game.
The Warriors, on the other hand, shot nearly 49 percent from the field.
Golden State opened up a 14-point lead once again with a furious run to start the fourth quarter, but the Clippers, led by Crawford and Paul, were able to battle back, eventually cutting the lead to 101-99.
L.A. had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead with 21 seconds to go, but Curry was able to draw a charging foul on Chris Paul, effectively negating a layup. Curry then hit a pair of free throws to ice the game with about six seconds to go.
The Warriors and Clippers are now both 2-1 on the season.
L.A. will host the Cavaliers at Staples Center Monday night, before the Spurs come to town on Wednesday.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.