The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers opened up their playoff series this afternoon, and it didn’t disappoint anyone. It was a thriller all the way through the game with an exceptionally high level of intensity and up-tempo style of basketball. After all was said and done, the Warriors were able to make more winning plays down the stretch of the game, and were able to take a 1-0 series lead with a 109-105 win in L.A.
Klay Thompson played a huge game for the Warriors with 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. He came out playing excellent defense, and despite some shooting struggles at times persevered and came up big down the stretch. David Lee came through with a big double-double as well, scoring 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Stephen Curry struggled for the most part this afternoon, scoring just 14 points on 6-16 shooting to go along with seven turnovers. Harrison Barnes scored 14 and Jermaine O’Neal came through with 13 points to round out the double digit scorers for Golden State.
Chris Paul recorded 28 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in the loss, and showed that he will be a much more aggressive offensive player in this series. Blake Griffin struggled with foul trouble all game before fouling out late in the fourth quarter, and finished with 16 points in 19 minutes. J.J. Redick spaced the floor well for L.A. with four three-point baskets and a total of 22 points. DeAndre Jordan was the only other double figure scorer for the Clippers with 11, and finished a double-double up with 14 rebounds as well.
Overall, this was a statement game from the Warriors to prove that they are more than capable of winning this series. If their post defense can defend against Jordan and Griffin like that all series, and continue making Griffin work and get into foul trouble, they have a very good chance to move on. Game two will be on Monday night at 10:30 PM Eastern time.