A new rivalry has been formed and will only get more intense as the season progresses between the Clippers and the Warriors, and most notably between Paul and Steph Curry.
Paul finished with 42 points (just two points shy of creating a career high), 15 assist and 6 steals in the win.
With 2:51 left in the second quarter, Andrew Bogut picked up his third foul after a hard shot to DeAndre Jordan that resulted in a shoving match between the two. No blows were exchanged before the two were separated and given technical fouls.
"It's just basketball. He fouled me, and I thought he followed through a little bit, so I want to protect myself at all times. It's didn't escalate any more, and that's it," said Jordan.
The Clippers set the tone early offensively and defensively and caused them to jump out to a 68-55 lead at halftime. J.J. Redick led an 11-2 run after a huge bucket with less than two minutes left in the second quarter. Paul had 18 points at the break.
In the third quarter the Clippers exploded offensively and tightened up their defense, and after three steals by Paul which resulted in three Lob City style dunks by Blake Griffin that extended the lead 88-70.
The Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 19 point lead before the Warriors began to charge back with a rested Curry and Klay Thompson and trailed 110-102. Jared Dudley committed a silly foul on sharp shooting Curry after connecting on a three pointer, and finished the four point play with six minutes left.
Curry made nine three pointers on the night and was simply sensational. Thompson who came off a 38 point night against the Lakers on Wednesday was almost a non factor offensively with just 10 points.
David Lee ended up fouling out with 4:09 left in the quarter, and Bogut finished with 17 points. Curry finished with 39 points and 9 assist in the loss.
With less than four minutes left Griffin picked up his sixth foul and finished with a double-double, 23 points and 10 rebounds.
With approximately 45 seconds left, Paul exited the game and the sellout crowd of over 19,000 gave him a well deserved standing ovation.
Blake Griffin spoke about the playing against and the performance of Steph Curry.
"It's crazy. I mean, you give him one or two inches, and he can still get his shot off. I thought we did a decent job on him, but he was just in one of those zones where it seemed like he was hitting everything he put up."
Coach Doc Rivers expressed his views on the magnificent performance of Chris Paul, "he was just awesome."
Rivers also commented on his concerns of Jordan not connecting on free throws. "If those don't fall, go get a stop at the other end. He's too good and been a dominant force on the floor for us...everyone has a weakness. I just want him to be that force for us."
Jamal Crawford who was huge for the second unit Thursday night, finished with 17 points.