The Golden State Warriors live to see one more day! Headed back to LA, this first round matchup between the third and sixth seeds is going to a Game 7, where you can be sure there will be physicality, emotions, and a hard-fought victory, despite the winner. Thursday night, the Warriors ousted the Clippers to knot the series up at 3, with a 100-99 win.
One bad thing about tonight? Jermaine O’Neal went down in what seemed to be a hyper-extended knee.
For the Warriors, the hero was Draymond Green with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 steals who led the Warriors to victory. Stephen Curry started off hot, but finished cold. Still, he scored 24 points to go along with 9 assists. Chris Paul scored just 9 points and added 8 assists. Blake Griffin shot the ball at 33% (8/24) and finished with 15 points.
No Clipper really did a lot of damage to the Warriors. Still, they resembled themselves from Game 3, where they couldn’t make a single shot. Luckily for them, however, the Clippers also couldn’t make any shots. In the second half, the Clipper lead floated at around 4, till the Warriors went into overdrive and eventually built a 7-point lead that went into the fourth quarter.
Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes would hit some clutch threes, but in the final possession, a lot of scrambling and a final 3-pointer by Barnes was not enough, and the Warriors escaped with a very narrow victory.
They are now going to regroup and head back to LA for a Game 7. If there is anything that we know about the Warriors, it’s that they like to play in big games, they continually surprise us and amaze us, and they never give up. They truly have the “road Warrior” mentality. But they’re are going to need all the psychological and physical support that they can get to actually pull this off.