NBA: Clippers Win Game 3 on Road, Take 2-1 Series Lead
Winning one of two on the road looked to be a huge accomplishment for the Golden State Warriors, who expected to win their next two at home in Oakland. The Los Angeles Clippers had other plans however, by defeating the Warriors 98-96 and regaining home-court advantage in the series.
The Clippers held an 18 point lead in the third quarter, but the Warriors were resilient in their pursuit of grabbing the 2-1 series lead. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson’s efforts brought the Warriors back into the game, as well as the 19,000+ screaming fans at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.
After battling back from the 18 point deficit, Golden State had a shot to win it at the end. Trailing 98-96 with a few seconds remaining, the Warriors ran a play to get Curry open. Curry performed his signature step-back from the top of the three-point arc, but his shot came up short. The Warriors wanted a foul called as it appeared that Chris Paul had made contact with Curry’s hip.
“I thought I initiated enough contact. That’s my go-to move, the step-back. I’m not going to air-ball that,” Curry said.
Blake Griffin scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points and had 22 rebounds. Paul also finished with a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. The Clippers defense held the Warriors to 6-31 shooting from behind the three-point line. Jordan tallied at least five blocks for the third consecutive game.
Curry finished with 16 points, while dishing out 15 assists. Klay Thompson finished with 26 points. The “Splash Brothers” shot a combined 5-19 from three-point land, but 10-15 from inside the arc. Draymond Green provided lockdown defense on Blake Griffin, while also posting 13 points and 11 rebounds. Green also had four blocks and three steals.
The last time the Golden State Warriors won a playoff series where they dropped a game at home was in 1977 against Detroit. Game Four will be played on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. PT in Oakland, Calif.