The Los Angeles Clippers (8-5) on back to back overtime games needed an extra five minutes to take out the defending champs. The Clippers winners of four of their last five needed every extra second to beat the champs despite two-time MVP Stephen Curry out due to injury. They are now 6-1 at Staples Center.
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They led from opening tip when they surrendered a 14-point fourth quarter lead when the Warriors were able to tie the game with a few minutes left in regulation. When that happens against a team like Golden State it can demoralize you, but the Clippers didn't fold under pressure when the champs had them against the ropes.
Then Lou Williams happened (again) on consecutive nights for the Clippers. He scored the final 10 points in overtime and finished with a team-high 25 points but only 5-18 from the floor. He said after the game he was "trash" in the first half, but "There would be no point for me to be on the floor if I didn't have confidence."
Montrezl Harrell once again played with a swag and effort that no Warrior was able to match finishing with 23 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. "It's not about the run they go on," Montrezl Harrell said. "It's about how we handle it. We stayed after it and kept going after them.
Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to impress in the starting role as Avery Bradley recovers from injury, scoring 18 points on 8-11 from the field. His work with assistant coach Sam Cassell is showing up for the young rookie as he looks very comfortable coming off ball screens and taking the mid-range jump shot.
Tobias Harris added 17 points and Danilo Gallinari had 14 points on just 3-12 shooting. Starting center Marcin Gortat had his first double figure scoring game with 12 points.
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The Golden State Warriors (11-3) who were short-handed without Stephen Curry still had enough weapons offensively to be favorites heading into Staples Center.
They still had two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant. He alone gives any team a chance coming in to win. He finished with a game-high 33 points to go along with 11 rebounds before being disqualified early in overtime due to his 6th foul.
Unfortunately we lost, but we'll see them again at least three more times and that'll be different," said Klay Thompson who finished with 31 points and did all he could in the overtime period to try and put the team on his back when Durant went out.
Everything changes without Steph," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "He's one of the best offensive players in the history of the game so you take him out and they don't have to worry about as much."
All-Star Draymond Green had a game-high 14 rebounds and 6 points.
The Warriors lose despite being a +21 from three. They now travel back to Oakland to take on the Atlanta Hawks on a second night of a back-to-back.
The Clippers welcome another Western Conference playoff team from a year ago, when DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs come to town on Thursday 11/15 @ 7:30 PT.