Given the craziness and borderline absurdity of this first round of the NBA playoffs, it is little surprise that the Golden State Warriors forced a Game 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers with a 100-99 win in Game 6 on Thursday night.
Of course, the game ended with Stephen Curry, arguably the best shooter in the NBA, missing two free throws with 0.4 seconds on the clock. The second miss, however, was intentional, as time ran out after the ball hit the rim.
That closed out a gutsy performance by the Warriors, who certainly did not play their best, but managed to survive and live another day. They shot the ball at just 39.3% from the floor and were 29.2% (7-of-24) on threes. Jermaine O’Neal had to leave the game in the second quarter after being shoved to the ground by Glen Davis, injuring his knee. David Lee fouled out after just 26 minutes. Jordan Crawford and yes, even Marreese Speights saw important minutes.
Yet despite the setbacks, the Warriors prevailed. They were down early, trailing 14-5 after an unenthusiastic start. But they quickly closed, and Crawford’s layup tied it at 25-25 after one. The two teams would then entrench themselves in a seesaw battle for the rest of the game. The Clippers led by three at halftime. The Warriors led by three after the third quarter. Neither team shot the ball well, and both teams committed fouls like they didn’t know how to properly defend. It was an absurd and crazy game, set right to the tune of how this NBA postseason has gone thus far.
But the Warriors grabbed control in the fourth, salvaging their season for at least another night. Speights, who entered the game after Lee fouled out, promptly scored eight quick points and put the Warriors up six with 7:31 to go. After Andre Iguodala nearly converted a four-point play, a Jamal Crawford three followed by a Matt Barnes layup cut the Warriors’ lead to 96-94 with two minutes left. But four huge foul shots by Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes combined with a barrage of missed shots by the Clippers was good enough for the Warriors to hang on and stay alive.
Curry led the Warriors with 24 points. Iguodala had 15 and Speights chipped in 12 off the bench. For the Clippers, Jamal Crawford finished with 19 points, while an injured Chris Paul was limited to just nine.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 39.3% (35-89)
- Three-point percentage: 29.2% (7-24)
- Rebounds: 50
- Assists: 21
- Turnovers: 8
- Bench points: 30
- Field-goal percentage: 36.8% (32-87)
- Three-point percentage: 31.4% (11-35)
- Rebounds: 54
- Assists: 22
- Turnovers: 12
- Bench points: 31
Good to Know
The Warriors one-point win over the Clippers is their first one-point victory in the playoffs since 5/8/91, a 125-124 win at the Lakers
— GSWStats (@gswstats) May 2, 2014
What’s on Tap
It’s for all the marbles; Game 7 is Saturday night down in L.A.