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Five keys to Warriors' Game 1 win over Clippers

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On Saturday, the Golden State Warriors scored a crucial 109-105 road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series without the services of center Andrew Bogut (fractured rib) who is out indefinitely.

Here are five reasons the Warriors beat the Clippers:

  1. Klay Thompson led Golden State with 22 points hitting clutch shots to maintain second half leads and putting the game away in the closing seconds at the free throw line.
  2. Clippers' star forward Blake Griffin fouled out with under a minute left and totaled just 19 minutes after a hot start.
  3. David Lee recorded a double-double in second half scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
  4. The Warriors' passing was exceptional in the interior and on the perimeter throughout the game. They totaled 26 assists with Stephen Curry chipping in seven.
  5. Second-year players Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green turned in superb all-around games off the bench with Barnes recording 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block while Green finished with seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

The Warriors and Clippers meet again on Monday night at the Staples Center for Game 2. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. nationally on TNT and locally on CSN Bay Area.


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