LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points, spiking the ball as time expired, and Golden State beat Los Angeles 109-105 after getting Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.
“A big way to start the series,” Curry said. “We’ve been resilient all year. We’re not going to quit.”
“I’m proud of my guys,” Jackson said. “We just had a tremendous will and competitive spirit.”
Game 2 is Monday night at Staples Center.
“The pressure is all on them,” Thompson said. “They can’t afford to go down 0-2 and go on the road. It’s tough to come back down 0-2.”
Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Griffin finished with 16 points, fouling out with 48 seconds left and the game tied at 105. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Warriors built an 11-point lead early in the fourth, helped by back-to-back dunks by Jermaine O’Neal and Thompson’s turnaround fadeaway jumper. Then they withstood Paul’s desperate but error-filled bid to bring his team all the way back.
“We made mistakes,” Griffin said. “Some of us, myself included, maybe wanted it too much and came in with an expectation. We just need to relax.”
“I kept putting myself in a hole,” Griffin said. “I got to do a better job.”
Paul returned early in the fourth with the Clippers down by double digits. His fast-break layup trimmed Golden State’s lead to 98-92. Griffin came back at that point, hitting a hook shot and then feeding Paul for a 3-pointer that cut their deficit to 100-97 with 3½ minutes left.