Rapid Reaction: Clippers 98, Warriors 96

April, 24, 2014
Apr 24
10:42
PM PT
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Doc Rivers didn't want to hear about the home-court advantage the Golden State Warriors had at Oracle Arena before Thursday's Game 3.

Matt Barnes, who played for the Warriors, said he would talk to his teammates about the atmosphere and Rivers almost rolled his eyes when he was asked if Barnes did in fact address the team before the game.

"I have no idea," Rivers said. "I don't believe in all that crap anyway. It's just talk. It doesn't matter. You can tell me something, but you have to experience [it]. It's all white noise, and you go out and play."

The Los Angeles Clippers did just that in a sea of yellow at Oracle Arena, beating the Warriors 98-96 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. It was the Clippers' first win in Oakland since 2011 after losing their previous five games in Oracle.

How it happened: After a back-and-forth first quarter in which both teams led by five points, the Clippers gained control in the second quarter and led by as many as nine points. The Clippers pushed their lead up to 18 points in the third quarter but surrendered a 10-0 run to the Warriors before the end of the period and it was a game again in the fourth. The Warriors got to within one point in the fourth quarter but could never get the lead again as the Clippers held on for the win.

What it means: The Clippers reclaimed home-court advantage and have a 2-1 series lead. If the Clippers can win Sunday, they’d be in position to close out the series back in Los Angeles in Game 5.

Hits: Blake Griffin scored 32 points and had eight rebounds and was once again the focal point of the offense. DeAndre Jordan was a force on both ends of the floor, scoring 14 points and grabbing a Clippers playoff record 22 rebounds. Chris Paul had 15 points and 10 assists, and J.J. Redick had 14 points. Jamal Crawford had 13 points off the bench.

Misses: Barnes was 0-for-6 shooting and did not score. He also had a couple of bad fouls that helped ignite the Warriors' 10-0 run before the end of the third quarter. He did, however, return and finish the game after having a nasty jammed left big toe.

Stat of the game: The Warriors shot just 6-of-31 from the three-point line.

Up next: The Clippers will take on the Warriors in Game 4 of their first-round series on Sunday at Oracle Arena.

Arash Markazi

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Blake Griffin
PTS AST STL MIN
23.1 4.7 0.8 35.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Jordan 13.4
AssistsC. Paul 9.7
StealsC. Paul 2.0
BlocksD. Jordan 2.4