Griffin great again, Clippers top WarriorsJan 23, 2011 - 7:06 AM Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin had plenty of highlight- worthy dunks, but it was his go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute that proved to be the difference in the Clippers' 113-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Griffin nearly ended with a triple-double, logging 30 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists for Los Angeles, which has won seven straight at Staples Center and seven of nine overall.
Eric Gordon added 23 points, while Ryan Gomes went for 15 points and eight boards for the victors.
Stephen Curry netted 32 points and doled out eight assists to lead the Warriors, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Monta Ellis chipped in 17 points but shot a woeful 6-for-21 from the field.
The Clippers had a healthy 102-92 lead following a Baron Davis three-pointer with 5:05 to play, but the Warriors scored the next six points to pull within four on Curry's three-pointer.
After LA's DeAndre Jordan missed the second of two free throws with 2:14 left, Dorell Wright drained a three-ball for a 103-101 contest.
Gomes and Curry exchanged long jumpers to keep it a two-point game, and after Gomes missed a three for LA, Wright made two free throws to tie it, 105-105, with 1:11 on the clock.
The Warriors knocked the ball out of bounds on LA's side of the floor, leaving just two seconds left on the shot clock. Golden State opted to leave Griffin open away from the basket, and the rookie spotted up from five feet behind the three-point line and drained an unlikely three with 46.5 seconds remaining.
"That was the play that was called, and it worked out. I was fortunate it went in," a humble Griffin said.
Curry was short on a three the next time down, but Wright corralled a long rebound and was fouled shooting a long two with 27.4 seconds remaining.
Wright made both freebies, and Randy Foye was fouled immediately, making the first free throw before missing the second. Griffin, though, tipped the errant free throw to Gomes, and Foye was sent to the line again, this time making both with 16.1 seconds to go.
The teams exchanged free throws, and Curry, David Lee and Ellis all hit iron on Golden State's final possession.
"We did a great job competing and getting back in the game, but we gave up a couple of rebounds at the end," Warriors head coach Keith Smart said.
The Clippers scored the final 11 points of the first quarter, with Ike Diogu's buzzer beater from the baseline yielding a 34-22 lead.
The margin reached 49-35 on Gordon's finger roll with 6 1/2 minutes left in the half, and the hosts took a 65-56 advantage into the locker room.
Curry sparked the Warriors in the third quarter with 16 points, helping to cut the deficit to 86-82 by the end of the frame.
The Pacific Division rivals split their season series...Gordon suffered a wrist and back injury in the second half but returned late in the game...Wright scored 14 points, while Reggie Williams contributed 16 points off the bench for Golden State, which was outscored, 28-15, in second-chance points...Since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, the Clippers' record for most home wins is eight straight established from March 20 to April 16, 1993.
- GOLDEN STATE: 109
LOS ANGELES: 113
Jan 23 1:17 AM
- GOLDEN STATE: 82
LOS ANGELES: 86
End of 3rd
Jan 23 12:32 AM
- GOLDEN STATE: 56
LOS ANGELES: 65
Jan 22 11:43 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 22
LOS ANGELES: 34
End of 1st
Jan 22 11:08 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 0
LOS ANGELES: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Jan 22 10:41 PM
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