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Warriors 105, Clippers 103

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Warriors 105, Clippers 103: Klay Thompson scored 23 points and blocked Chris Paul's shot in the final second to seal the victory as Golden State edged visiting Los Angeles.

David Lee added 23 points and 13 rebounds while Stephen Curry collected 15 points and 11 assists for the Warriors, who have won three straight. Harrison Barnes scored 14 points off the bench, Andrew Bogut recorded 10 points and 14 rebounds and Andre Iguodala had nine points but missed two free throws that could have put the game away with 9.3 seconds left.

Paul had 26 points and 11 assists but missed three shots in the final 41 seconds that would have tied the game for the Clippers. Blake Griffin collected 20 points and 14 rebounds before being ejected early in the fourth quarter and DeAndre Jordan contributed 13 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.

The game got contentious at the end of the third quarter, when Draymond Green threw an elbow into Griffin’s throat and was handed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. Griffin was hit with a technical on that play and another 74 seconds into the fourth when he and Bogut got tangled up underneath the hoop.

Bogut got a flagrant 1 foul on that play, and when the dust settled after the series of free throws and the possession Los Angeles was awarded due to the flagrant, the Clippers held an 81-78 edge. The lead was as high as five points before Thompson highlighted a 12-4 burst with a 3-pointer to leave Golden State up 90-87 with 6:37 to play.

Curry was just 3-of-14 from the field when he hoisted up a 3-pointer that rattled home to give the Warriors a 101-99 lead. Paul responded with an underhanded layup to tie it and the two went back and forth again before Barnes’ pair from the line put Golden State up for good.

The Clippers started out strong and led the entire first half, pushing the advantage to 13 points late in the first quarter and again early in the second before the Warriors got hot and closed to within 53-51 at the break. Bogut’s basket 86 seconds into the third gave Golden State its first lead at 56-55 and it went up by six before back-to-back baskets by Griffin put Los Angeles back on top and helped it to a 78-75 edge heading to the fourth.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Bogut and Lee are the first pair of teammates to recorded double-digit rebounds in 10 straight games since Rich Kelley and Truck Robinson of the 1978 New Orleans Jazz. … Lee has recorded 10 straight double-doubles, tied for the second-longest run of his career. … The teams confronted each other after the final buzzer when Paul grabbed the ball from Bogut and the big man knocked it out of Paul’s hands, leading to some shoving and yelling.

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