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April 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was an open seat in Section 106 amid the sellout crowd at Staples Center. Row 10, Seat 14. It belonged to Mychal Thompson for Game 2 of the Clippers-Golden State Warriors playoff series. He wasn't sitting in it. One of the Lakers' radio voices, Thompson is better recognized these days as the father of Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson. He doesn't see his son play often in person and he didn't want to sit for Monday's game. Too nervous. The elder Thompson carved out some standing room near the tunnel by the Warriors' bench.
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April 22, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Blake Griffin's word of choice to describe the Clippers' turnaround was "relaxed. " The Clippers blew out the Golden State Warriors, 138-98, on Monday night to even their Western Conference first-round playoff series at 1-1. The 138 points were the most the Clippers had scored in a playoff game in franchise history. Their 40-point margin was also a franchise record for a playoff game. And the 35 points Griffin scored were his playoff career high. The Clippers even went 32 for 35 (91.4%)
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April 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Resoundingly and emphatically, the Clippers responded to the challenge presented to them in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series by winning in historic fashion Monday night at Staples Center. Blake Griffin answered the call with a playoff career-high 35 points. And Doc Rivers coached his team with a purpose while mixing it up with one of his former players. Griffin's 35-point night, in just three quarters of play, was the impetus behind the Clippers' 138-98 rout of the Golden State Warriors.
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April 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers were, in the words of guard J.J. Redick, “a little down” during Sunday's practice, trying to collect themselves after dropping a 109-105 first-round Western Conference playoff game to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at Staples Center. But after going through practice Sunday and a shoot-around Monday, they say they are ready to face the Warriors in Game 2 Monday night at Staples Center. “I think yesterday we were a little down,” Redick said Monday. “I think we felt like we had squandered a game.
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April 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
There were 51 fouls called Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff game between the Clippers and the Warriors, 24 on Los Angeles and 27 on Golden State. That was not what Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he was expecting. More so, Clippers all-star power forward Blake Griffin fouled out after playing just 19 minutes, 14 seconds because of foul trouble. Clippers point guard Chris Paul had five fouls. For the Warriors, Andre Iguodala fouled out and three other Golden State players had four fouls.
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April 21, 2014 | By John Cherwa
It wasn't exciting. It wasn't close. But it was very entertaining if you were a Clippers fan. In a total reversal of Game 1, the Clippers dominated the Golden State Warriors from the opening tip Monday night at Staples Center to take a 138-98 victory and tie the best-of-seven NBA playoff series at 1-1. Games 3 and 4 will be in Oakland on Thursday and Sunday. The game at Staples Center was over by the second quarter when the Clippers pushed their 31-20 lead after the first quarter to more than 20 points.
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April 21, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Stephen Curry isn't one to snap at referees. Technical fouls aren't his thing. But his shot hadn't been falling, his team was getting crushed by the Clippers and, yeah, he was angry. So he picked up his first technical foul this season after yelling at a non-call, thinking he was fouled by Chris Paul and/or Blake Griffin on a layup in the Clippers' 138-98 dismantling of the Golden State Warriors. Strange game for Curry, an All-Star who pretty much disappeared as the Clippers took a 26-point halftime lead Monday.
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April 20, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The NBA issued a statement Sunday that said Clippers point guard Chris Paul was fouled by Golden State forward Draymond Green when he lost control of the ball and should have been awarded two free throws during Game 1 of the first-round playoff series Saturday at Staples Center. “Just prior to the ball going out of bounds, Paul was fouled by Green and Paul should have been granted two free throws,” the NBA statement said. “Contact preceding out of bounds calls is not a reviewable matter.” For the Clippers, it was too little, too late to hear that the league office was being transparent about its officials missing a call during Los Angeles' 109-105 loss to Golden State.
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April 20, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers can point to their 17 turnovers, two in the final 37.7 seconds of the game, as a reason they lost Game 1 to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. The Clippers can look at their poor free-throw shooting as another reason for their 109-105 loss to the Warriors in the first game of the Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Clippers were 23 for 35 (65.7%) from the free-throw line, including two misses by Chris Paul with 11.9 seconds left and the Clippers trailing by three points.
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April 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Paul couldn't stop watching the play. Once. Twice. Again. Another time. It bothered him that he didn't make the right call in a late three-on-one, getting his shot blocked by Harrison Barnes instead of passing to J.J. Redick. That didn't even compare with the two free throws he missed with 11 seconds left in the Clippers' 109-105 loss to Golden State in Saturday's playoff opener. Long night for Paul. Long Sunday too. "I looked at it, I think, six different times [Sunday]
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