Jamal Crawford’s three-pointer at the buzzer fell short and the Golden State Warriors became the first home team to win on Christmas Day, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 105-103.
With the Warriors trailing by one after a 17-footer by Chris Paul, Stephen Curry hit a three to give the Warriors a two-point lead. After Paul drew a foul and hit two free throws, Harrison Barnes did the same for the Warriors with 1:08 to play. With nine seconds to go, Andre Iguodala was intentionally fouled and missed both free throws. Chris Paul had his shot blocked by Klay Thompson on the ensuing possession and the Clippers collected the rebound to set up Crawford’s miss.
David Lee had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Warriors. Thompson also scored 23 points, Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Curry finished with 15 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.
The Clippers were led by Paul, who had 26 points and 11 assists. Crawford scored 19 points. Blake Griffin had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists before being ejected early in the fourth quarter after a scrum with Bogut.
Warriors’ forward Draymond Green was also ejected for elbowing Griffin during the third quarter and the two teams got into another tiff following the game.
Both teams hit 40 shots from the field and the Clippers actually had a four-point advantage from the free throw line, but the Warriors went 10-of-24 from the three-point line while the Clippers made just four of their 18 attempts.
The Warriors improve to 17-13 while the Clippers fall to 20-10.