As expected, game 1 of the series between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers was a thriller. Somehow, the Warriors found a way to overcome a rowdy crowd at Staples Center and come out with a 109-105 victory when the clock hit double zeros.
This game was not the prettiest contest ever played as the Clippers turned the ball over 17 times and Golden State topped that with 21 giveaways. Players such as Andre Iguodala and Blake Griffin struggled with early foul trouble. However, multiple guys from each team were able to put on a show and give fans their money’s worth.
The Clippers were feeding off of the energy of a raucous home crowd early in the game. As a result, Golden State found themselves down 12-1 in the first quarter. Stephen Curry jumpstarted things for the Warriors with one of his signature stepback jumpers. From then on, the game was a back and forth affair.
Golden State power forward David Lee has struggled with injuries this season and also missed most of the Warriors playoff series last year against the Denver Nuggets. This go-round, Lee looks determined to help Golden State get past the Clippers. He held his own down low and finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds in the game 1 win over the Clippers.
The point guard battle is one of highlights of this series. Curry scored just 14 points but added 7 assists and 3 steals. Chris Paul had 28 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Paul certainly filled up the stat sheet and won the point guard matchup in game 1.
Klay Thompson and J.J. Redick, two of the best shooters in the league, didn’t disappoint in this contest. Redick scored 22 points and went 4-5 on triples for the Clippers. Thompson had more of a complete game with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while shooting 4-7 from downtown. Thompson also chased Chris Paul around on defense and did a pretty good job for the majority of the game. There is only so much one can do when guarding CP3!
The big men for Los Angeles could of played a tad bit better. Clippers star Blake Griffin had a mediocre performance by his standards. Griffin finished with 16 points and only 3 rebounds. Much of Griffin’s frustration was due to foul trouble. Unfortunately, Griffin fouled out in the fourth quarter. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points,14 rebounds and 5 blocks but if he had been more proficient from the free throw line, the Clippers might have come out with a victory. The loss does not rest solely on Jordan’s broad shoulders, but he has to knock down shots from the charity stripe more consistently. Point blank!
Both teams played extremely hard in game 1. It is no secret that there is bad blood between these two squads. In all honesty, the Warriors and Clippers are almost a mirror image of each other. Both have tremendous guard play, productive big men and underrated defensive units. This first game was just a little taste of what is to come in this series. Golden State escaped with a 109-105 victory in game 1 but “Lob City” is coming back with a vengeance in game 2 . Prepare for round 2 of this fight because the thrilling action has only begun.
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