LOS ANGELES--So this is how the Los Angeles Clippers would respond to an unexpected season-opening loss.
The Clippers would open a big lead, withstand a rally by the Golden State Warriors and show some resolve in pulling out a 126-115 victory Thursday night.
Chris Paul was the main one who played as if he didn't want to start the season 0-2. Paul had a double-double with 42 points and 15 assists.
But it wasn't as if Paul didn't have help, as four of his other teammates scored in double figures.
Blake Griffin had 23 points and 10 rebounds before he fouled out with 3:53 left.
Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick both had 17 points and Jared Dudley 10 points.
DeAndre Jordan had his good and bad moments. The good was his rebounding and solid defense. The bad was Jordan missing all four of his free throws in the fourth quarter when he was intentionally fouled.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers removed Jordan from the game twice after he missed his free throws, but he re-inserted his center back into the game. Jordan finished with 17 rebounds and nine points.
The Clippers' 19-point, third-quarter lead was sliced to eight points in the fourth quarter behind an outburst from Stephen Curry, who torched the Clippers for 38 points.
But the Clippers held on because they played with the intensity they lacked during their season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night.
The Clippers played with a sense of urgency and passion, which allowed them to win their home season-opener at Staples Center and for Rivers to win his regular-season debut as the new coach of the Clippers.
They played just enough defense. And the Clippers played with toughness and physicality against a Warriors team that was trying to test their Clippers' mettle.
It also took a little of Lob City to return by the Clippers to push their fans into a frenzy.
And it all began because of the Clippers' defense.
Griffin stole a pass from Curry, passed ahead to Paul, who threw a lob to Griffin for a dunk.
After Curry lost the ball on the next possession, Paul picked up and threw another lob to the hustling Griffin for a dunk.
The Warriors called a time out to try and settle themselves and the Clippers down.
But after the time out, Paul got another steal and threw yet another lob pass to Griffin for another dunk.
And just like that, the Clippers had run off to an 88-70 lead in the third quarter.
The Clippers really began to assert themselves in the first after because Griffin and Jordan stood up to the Warriors.
Griffin was called for a technical foul for elbowing Klay Thompson.
Jordan and Andrew Bogut were called for a double technical foul after Bogut fouled Jordan hard. Jordan responded by throwing elbow into the chest of Bogut, who then pushed Jordan away. Then both players were separated.
Jordan took his two free throws from the Bogut fouled and made one, giving the Clippers a 14-point lead in the second quarter that stretched to 65-47 at one point in the second.
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