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Warriors hold off Clippers 114-110

Associated Press Modified: November 4, 2012 at 2:04 am •  Published: November 4, 2012
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The third one came with 2:27 left in the third, narrowing the gap to 79-77. But the Warriors responded with six straight points, then began the fourth quarter with a 12-4 run to open a 97-83 lead with 7:46 remaining.

The Clippers fought back with a 16-4 run, capped by a three-point play by Crawford and a pair of free throws by Paul that sliced Golden State's lead to 101-99 with 3:55 left. The Clippers tied it two more times before the Warriors went back in front on a jumper by Curry with 1:25 to go.

"We just stayed composed," Curry said. "It was a chippy game, with a lot of fouls going their way, and they shot a lot of free throws. But we knew that if we kept our composure, we had an opportunity to win it with stops down the stretch and executing on the offensive end."

Griffin missed a layup in heavy traffic at the other end, but the Clippers got the ball back on a shot-clock violation. Paul had made 19 consecutive free throws from the start of the game before missing his next one, keeping the Clippers behind 109-108 with 42.9 seconds left.

Jarrett Jack made two from the line for the Warriors and Paul made it a one-point game again on a layup. Curry made one of two for a 112-110 Warriors lead, and the Clippers took a timeout with 21.4 seconds left. But a driving layup by Paul was negated by his offensive foul against Curry, whose two free throws sealed it with 6.9 seconds left.

"It's obviously very frustrating, but you've got to give them props. They did a good job," Griffin said. "They came down and made shots, they executed, they got stops and hit free throws. We turned it on a little too late, and that's something we've got to learn from. Adversity is going to come, and it's important to see how we respond to it."

NOTES: Griffin, who came in with a free-throw percentage of .593 in 150 games, was 11 for 16 from the line — the 10th time he has made 10 or more. ... The Clippers are the only franchise the Warriors have a winning road record against (50-45). ... Crawford was the first Clipper to score 20 or more points off the bench in three consecutive games since Mo Williams did it last January.