Golden State's Stephen Curry held the follow-through up for an extra few seconds, turned back toward his team and pumped his fist. He danced his way to the bench after an assist, and he carried his team over the Clippers on Monday afternoon.
It's Golden State's third victory over the Clippers this season – the only team to beat them more than once.
But even after falling 106-99 to the Warriors at Oracle Arena, the Clippers never stopped thinking that they're the better team, no matter what the scoreboard said.
"You have to give them credit. They've played the best they could play in three of the games against us," Clippers forward Blake Griffin said.
Later, he added this back-handed compliment.
"They're a good team. They're solid," Griffin said. "But by no means are we scared or worried about them. They've played us well three times."
Griffin, for his part, was stellar Monday, scoring 26 points to go with 13 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks.
But Chris Paul struggled as an already-bruised right kneecap seemed to get worse after a fall midway through the first quarter.
Paul was 1 of 7 from the field, scoring only four points. His knee will be re-evaluated, and Paul will be a game-time decision tonight when the Clippers play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"I take this loss on me because I felt like I hurt the team being out there, trying to play through it," Paul said. "…I'm just mad. I felt like we let a game get away. I didn't feel like I could do what I wanted to do. Me being out there probably hurt us more than it helped us, and I feel bad in that regard."
The Clippers led by seven points heading into the fourth quarter, but Golden State outscored them 33-19 in the final 12 minutes.
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