So this is how the Clippers responded to an unexpected season-opening loss. The Clippers opened a big lead, withstood a rally by the Golden State Warriors and showed some resolve in pulling out a 126-115 victory Thursday night. Chris Paul was the main one who played as if he didn't want to start the season 0-2. Paul had 42 points and 15 assists, winding up one point shy of his career high. But it wasn't as if Paul didn't have help, as four of his teammates scored in double figures as the Clippers won their home opener and gave Doc Rivers his first victory as coach. Blake Griffin had 23 points and 10 rebounds before he fouled out with just under four minutes left. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick both had 17 points and Jared Dudley added 10 points. DeAndre Jordan had his good and bad moments. The good was his rebounding and solid defense. The bad was Jordan missing all four of his free throws in the fourth quarter when he was intentionally fouled. Rivers removed Jordan from the game twice after he missed his free throws, but he re-inserted his center back into the game. Jordan finished with 17 rebounds and nine points, making three of 12 from the foul line. “I thought our guys played just great,” Rivers said. “I thought our intensity stayed, because I was really happy with our defense overall.” The Clippers built a 19-point third-quarter lead, but that was sliced to eight points in the fourth quarter behind an outburst from Stephen Curry, who torched the Clippers for 38 points. But the Clippers held on because they played with the intensity they lacked during their season-opening loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night. They played just enough defense. And the Clippers played with toughness and physicality against a Warriors team that was trying to test their mettle. It also took a little of Lob City to return in the second half to push the Clippers' fans into a frenzy.
Chris Paul, Clippers win shootout against Warriors
Los Angeles Times | Nov 1