Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - After dismantling the Golden State Warriors to even up their quarterfinal series, the Los Angeles Clippers survived a scare on Thursday and took a 2-1 series lead in the process.
Los Angeles nearly blew a double-digit fourth-quarter lead before locking down on defense in the final possession to take Game 3, 98-96, at Oracle Arena.
Blake Griffin scored 32 points, while Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan each contributed double-doubles in the win.
Paul had 15 points with 10 assists and Jordan registered 14 points with 22 rebounds.
With the Warriors trailing by four in the final minute, Stephen Curry dished to a wide-open Harrison Barnes, who missed a 3-pointer, but David Lee swatted the ball out to Curry to give the Warriors another chance.
Curry passed it back to Lee at the elbow, then Lee dropped it back off to Curry, who made a deep trey that cut the deficit to one with 11 seconds left.
Paul, who missed two crucial free throws in Game 1, split a pair to increase the lead to two with 8.6 seconds on the clock.
Curry handled the final possession for the Warriors, and instead of playing for the tie, the Golden State sharp-shooter attempted a go-ahead 3-pointer. He took it right to Paul in the closing seconds, but Paul stood strong on defense and forced an off-balanced shot from Curry, who came up with nothing but air as the Clippers held on.
Klay Thompson paced Golden State with 26 points, while Curry deposited a 16- point, 15-assist double-double. Draymond Green netted 13 points with 11 rebounds in the setback.
04/25 01:46:57 ET
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