The Golden State Warriors played their hearts out, but in the end the Los Angeles Clippers were too much, as Los Angeles advanced to the second round with a 126-121 win in Game 7 on Saturday night.
Like the majority of games in this series, it went down to the wire. The Warriors led 107-106 with 4:27 left in the game after Andre Iguodala banked in a three-pointer. But that would be their last lead of the night. A lob dunk by DeAndre Jordan put the Clippers in front, and they pulled away. Stephen Curry‘s three free throws after getting fouled shooting a three brought the Warriors within three with 30 seconds left, but another Jordan dunk essentially put the game away.
Turnovers and points in the paint cost the Warriors the game. They gave the ball away 18 times, and the Clippers capitalized with 24 points off turnovers. The Clippers also dominated in the paint, outscoring the Warriors 62-38. Blake Griffin led the Clippers in scoring with 24, and this series showed just how much the loss of Andrew Bogut affects the Warriors.
But nonetheless, the Warriors put forth a valiant effort. Curry willed his way to 33 points, and was a perfect 16-of-16 from the line. Draymond Green had the game of his career with 24 points, and five made threes. It was his first three that helped the Warriors start the game off on a 6-0 run. Golden State came out hot, shooting 73 percent in the first quarter and owning a 32-22 lead. They maintained things in the second and entered halftime up eight.
The Warriors outscored the Clippers in every quarter but one — the third quarter — and it would come back to bite them. They found themselves down 87-84 entering the fourth.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 49.4% (39-79)
- Three-point percentage: 56.0% (14-25)
- Rebounds: 37
- Assists: 25
- Turnovers: 18
- Bench points: 22
- Field-goal percentage: 55.4% (46-83)
- Three-point percentage: 33.3% (8-24)
- Rebounds: 38
- Assists: 26
- Turnovers: 13
- Bench points: 32
What’s on Tap
The offseason awaits, and it will be interesting.