It's time for the new-look Los Angeles Clippers to take the big stage in their first regular season game against the Golden State Warriors. After acquiring All-Star point guard Chris Paul in the shortened offseason, the Clippers gave a brief preview of just how electrifying CP3 and Blake Griffin can be. With the additions of Caron Butler and Chauncey Billups, maybe, just maybe, the Clippers might be the team to watch in L.A.
On the other end, it's also a special night for the Warriors as former NBA guard and ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson makes his debut as head coach. Despite an injured ankle, guard Stephen Curry plans to play after participating in the pregame walk-through.
So how many alley-oops will we see from the Clippers? 6? 13? Will the Warriors stay strong at home? Or will the Clippers show us more of what's to come?
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Clippers win 105-86. Cp3 turned it on in the fourth quarter and that's all they needed.
Paul had 20, Billups had 21 and Blake Griffin had 22.
Clippers are running away with this one. After forcing a turnover, Blake Griffin hits a long jumper to make it a 15-point game. 1:40 left.
|@ sportsguy33 : Chris Paul just said, "I'm tired of watching everyone else take bad shots, I'm gonna win the game now. Stand to the side and watch please."|
Chris Paul hits his third consecutive jumper. He didn't even pass on those last three possessions. All he did was create space between him and the defense (he made that part way to easy) and knocked down three long 2-pointers. 97-84 Clippers with 2:38 to go.
Chris Paul uses his cross over to shake off Curry and hits a jumper. Then after a steal, he splits the defense and makes another jumper to give the Clippers and 11-point lead.
Both teams keep missing shot after shot after shot. Billups missed a on a quick 3-point attempt. Then Klay Thompson missed a running jumper and on the other end, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan must have missed at least 4 shots there. Finally Brandon Rush takes it to the hole and draws a foul. Rush made both free throws to cut the lead to 91-84.
Billups was given two free throws and made both.
Caron Butler reaches double-digits with a baseline jumper. Warriors can't score on their next possession and Clippers get the rebound. Billups draws the contact and gets the call while throwing up a wild shot. It looked like it was NOT a shooting foul but the refs are looking it over.
Billups makes a 3-pointer to extend the lead to six. That's 19 for Billups tonight.
Biedrins hits an easy two after some sloppy play, but Mo Williams answers with a running 2-pointer. Klay Thompson was then called for an offensive foul.
DeAndre Jordan gets his career-high eighth block of the game, but Blake Griffin turns the ball over on the other end.
Chauncey Billups immediately takes the ball to the hoop and draws a foul on David Lee. He makes both free throws. 82-79 Clippers.
Mo Williams curls at the key, gets the ball and swishes a running jumper. On the other end, Klay Thompson tips in a Stephen Curry miss to make it 80-79 LA.
David Lee goes to the hole again but this time Blake Griffin gets there in time and draws the charge.
David Lee drove through the lane, drew the defenders and hit Brandon Rush in the corner. Rush knocked down the 3-poiunter to cut the lead to 1.
Dorrell Wright grabbed a defensive rebound over Brian Cook. Cook wouldn't stop reaching and finally got called for a foul. Warriors fans are getting louder.
Billups tried to post up Curry but got stuffed on the baseline. Then David Lee receives a pass right under the basket and lays it in. 4 point game.
Thompson drives to the hole and draws a blocking foul on Brian Cook. He makes both free throws to cut the lead to 6.
David Lee opens up the 4th quarter with a running layup. But Brian Cook answers again with a long 3-pointer. 78-70 Clippers and Mark Jackson takes a quick timeout.
Chris Paul hits a fadeaway jumper just as time expires. We head to the 4th quarter and the CLippers have a 7-point lead.
CP3 drives to the hoop and gets called for charging. BRandon Rush makes the defensive play. Questionable call though. Looked like Rush didn't get there in time.
Then Mo Williams draws a charge on Monta Ellis on the other end of the court. That's 3 on Ellis and 4 on CP3.
CP3 pulls off some fancy dribbling, freezes Thompson and knocks down a 2-pointer.
Monta Ellis pushes the tempo and makes a driving layup. Then after a defensive rebound, Brandon Rush takes it to the hole and draws a foul. He made both free throws. 4 point game.
Monta Ellis finds Klay Thompson at the top of the key and the rookie drains a 3-poiunters. But Brian Cook comes right back with a 3 of his own and gives LA a 71-63 lead.
|@ ArashMarkazi : "Hack-a-Jordan" is not as catchy as "Hack-a-Shaq" but we may start to hear a lot.|
Ishmael Smith drains a 3-pointer to cut the lead to seven and then the Warriors foul DeAndre Jordan AGAIN. Mark Jackson is sticking to the strategy.
They have started to foul DeAndre Jordan on purpose and Jordan continues to miss from the line. Jordan is getting frustrated now. Mark Jackson making some good moves in his debut.
Ishmael Smith replaces Kwame, drives to his left and makes a running jumper off the backboard. 65-57 Clippers. DeAndre Jordan goes to the line after colliding with Smith on his way down the court. He missed both.
DeAndre Jordan draws a foul on Kwame Brown and that gives him 3 in the last 5 minutes. Come on Kwame.
CP3 drew a foul on Stephen Curry and made one of two free throws. 64-55 Clippers.