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               === Warriors hold off Clips in playoff opener ===
 Los  Angeles, CA  ( -  Klay Thompson  tallied 22  points and
 seven  rebounds  and despite horrid  foul shooting  down the stretch from both
 teams,  the Golden  State Warriors  stole  home-court advantage  from the  Los
 Angeles  Clippers with  a 109-105  win  in Game  1 of  the Western  Conference
 quarterfinal series from Staples Center.
 The  sixth-seeded  Warriors led for  the majority of  the second half, but two
 timely Chris Paul 3-pointers pulled the host Clippers back. His second trey in
 a 72-second window late in the fourth tied the score at 102-102.
 It was knotted at 105-105 when Golden State's Draymond Green worked his way to
 the  free  throw line  with 24 seconds  left and made  both. The Clippers used
 their  final  timeout and put  the ball in their  All-Star Paul's hands, but a
 hard double team forced Paul to lose it out-of-bounds.
 After  initially ruling  Clippers' ball,  officials went  to the  monitors and
 quickly overturned the call, handing it back to Golden State.
 Harrison  Barnes  then made 1-of-2 from  the stripe, leaving the door open for
 Los  Angeles, but Paul was intentionally fouled and the 86 percent career foul
 shooter missed both. Green could have put the game away, but he too missed two
 free throws with 6.8 seconds to play. On the second miss, the Clippers' Darren
 Collison chased down the rebound and stepped out of bounds.
 Thompson  then took  his  turn at  the  stripe and  made  1-of-2, sealing  the
 "I  am  proud of my  guys," said Warriors head  coach Mark Jackson. "We're not
 going to quit. We had a tremendous will. This series is far from over."
 The  loss broke  LA's three-game home winning streak against the Warriors, who
 are  returning  to  the  postseason  after  reaching  the  Western  Conference
 semifinals last spring.
 David Lee had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Barnes scored 14 with eight boards
 off the bench for Golden State, while leading scorer Stephen Curry was limited
 to 14 points with seven assists and seven turnovers.
 Paul  flirted with  a triple-double for Los Angeles, depositing 28 points with
 eight  assists  and seven  rebounds in the  disappointing setback. J.J. Redick
 added  a playoff  career-high 22 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed a game-high
 14 rebounds.
 "We  didn't play very  well," said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. "We were in
 foul  trouble most  of the game. We played  hard but a lot of times I think we
 lost our trust."
 After the two teams played to a 52-52 draw in the first half, the tempo picked
 up  early  in the  third quarter  as both of  these offensive juggernauts came
 alive.  The  Warriors opened 9-for-10  shooting with Thompson supplying a pair
 of  threes,  but Redick  and the  Clippers were right  there with them. Redick
 scored  10  points during a back-and-forth  flurry that included a Paul triple
 and 12 Golden State points before LA finally calmed things down with a timeout
 with the score tied at 73-73 with 5:10 left in the period.
 The  Warriors created  some separation late in  the frame with an 8-0 run. Lee
 made  four  free throws around  a Thompson  finger roll, and Jermaine O'Neal's
 layup with 0.8 seconds left resulted in an 87-79 advantage.
 The  35-year-old  O'Neal scored  13 points  filling in  for the injured Andrew
 Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured rib.
 O'Neal  had two dunks to start the fourth and Lee tipped in a Thompson miss to
 help the Warriors stretch their lead to 93-82.
 Blake  Griffin's short hook over Green capped a 6-0 Clippers' surge that later
 cut  the margin to four, but Lee absorbed contact and hit a layup at the other
 end to make it 100-94 with under four minutes left.
 Griffin logged just 19 minutes before fouling out. He scored 16 points.
 "I  kept putting myself  in a bad situation by fouling," Griffin said. "I have
 to  do  a better job.  I have to  play smarter. I  think some of us, including
 myself, wanted it too much. We have to relax."
 Barnes  had one  of the biggest sequences  of his young career with just under
 two  minutes remaining,  blocking  Paul's  layup at  one  end  and canning  an
 uncontested  triple at  the other after Collison had given Los Angeles a brief
 103-102 lead with a free throw.
 Golden State struggled out of the gate, missing its first eight shots from the
 floor and falling behind 12-1 before Curry finally ignited with offense with a
 step-back  jumper  4:22 in. The Warriors  used a 16-5  run to tie the score at
 Jamal  Crawford banked in a half-court heave to beat the buzzer for a 29-24 LA
 lead after the first quarter.
 Griffin  picked  up his third  foul -- a charge  drawn by Marreese Speights --
 just  39  seconds  into  the  second quarter  and  was  immediately  replaced.
 Thompson's three from the left corner five minutes later gave Golden State its
 first lead at 34-31.
 Curry caught fire late in the half, hitting a circus layup and deep pull-up 3-
 pointer to put the Warriors back in front. Los Angeles held a two-point margin
 as the clock neared zero when Barnes grabbed a contested offensive rebound and
 drew  a  foul, then hitting  two free  throws with 0.2  seconds left to tie it
 heading into intermission.
                                   Game Notes
 This  was the first postseason meeting between the two teams ... There were 18
 ties  and 15  lead  changes ...  Golden State's  Andre  Iguodala battled  foul
 trouble  all  throughout the contest  and fouled out  in the fourth after just
 20:15  on  the floor. He did  not foul out  once during the regular season ...
 Jordan  finished with five blocks, one shy of Gar Heard's franchise record for
 in  a  playoff game. Heard  had six  on April 12,  1974 against Boston ... The
 Clippers  were 17-3  during  the  regular season  when  Redick scored  15-plus
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