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             === Clippers try to even series with Golden State ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Los Angeles Clippers will try to knot their Western
 Conference  playoff series with the Golden State Warriors on Monday night when
 the two teams collide at Staples Center.
 
 The  Warriors  stole home-court  advantage  with  a 109-105  victory  Saturday
 afternoon.
 
 Klay  Thompson  tallied 22 points  and seven rebounds,  while David Lee had 20
 points  and  13 rebounds. Harrison 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.
 
 "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."
 
 Chris  Paul flirted with a triple-double for Los Angeles, depositing 28 points
 with  eight assists and seven rebounds in the disappointing setback. He helped
 bring  the  Clippers back  into the  contest, but  made some critical mistakes
 late.
 
 J.J. Redick added a playoff career-high 22 points and DeAndre Jordan scored 11
 and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
 
 Blake  Griffin, an  MVP candidate this season, was plagued by foul trouble for
 most  of the game.  He managed 16 points before he fouled out after just 19:14
 of action.
 
 "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."
 
 The  Warriors were in front through most of the second half, but Paul buried a
 pair of 3-pointers to tie the contest.
 
 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,  although a  foul
 could've been called.
 
 After  initially ruling  Clippers' ball,  officials went  to the  monitors and
 quickly overturned the call, handing it back to Golden State.
 
 It  appeared to be a classic case of the referees electing not to call a foul,
 instead, letting the team retain possession.
 
 While  the replay  was used correctly by the officials, the NBA acknowledged a
 foul should've been called.
 
 "Just prior to the ball going out-of-bounds, Paul was fouled by Green and Paul
 should  have been  granted two  free throws.  Contact preceding  out-of-bounds
 calls  is not  a  reviewable  matter," Rod  Thorn,  NBA President,  Basketball
 Operations said in a statement.
 
 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
 outcome.
 
 "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."
 
 There  were no fireworks that marred three of the four regular-season meetings
 between the teams.
 
 For  the Warriors, who  pulled off an upset of the Denver Nuggets in the first
 round  last postseason,  it was a great  win as they were not immune from foul
 trouble.
 
 Andre  Iguodala, a  stout defender,  fouled out  in the  fourth quarter  after
 around  20  minutes of action.  Golden State  is already without its defensive
 anchor, center Andrew Bogut, who fractured a rib and is out indefinitely.
 
 "Maybe  being  short-handed focused on that  a little bit more," said Lee. "We
 feel  like this  is two very good  basketball teams, we're a little bit short-
 handed  so our goal tonight was to come out aggressive and to come out and hit
 first.  That didn't  mean get down 10  to one or whatever happened, but that's
 the  way it worked  but we feel like we have enough players to win this series
 and just try to be aggressive."
 
 This series shifts to Oracle Arena for Game 3 on Thursday night.
 
 04/21 10:21:21 ET

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