The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers gave fans quite the show in game 1 on Saturday afternoon.
Perhaps the biggest play (or rather, series of plays), came with the Warriors trailing by one late in the fourth quarter. The Clippers had just overcome an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to take their first lead since the third quarter and the Clippers got out in transition. Chris Paul went to the basket and went up for a layup, but had the shot blocked by Harrison Barnes. Klay Thompson corralled the loose ball and dribbled down the court where he found Barnes for an open three-pointer. Barnes hit the three and the Warriors regained the lead, 105-103.
Barnes has had to get used to coming off of the bench after playing a key role in the Warriors’ playoff success last season because of the addition of Andre Iguodala. It hasn’t been easy for Barnes, but he played the role very well Saturday, finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds.