Is it better to be lucky or good? The Golden State Warriors don't care which one it is, as long as they get the win. The Los Angeles Clippers came into Saturday night's contest a perfect 2-0. The Warriors didn't lose the lead even once during the game, but it would come down to the last six seconds and an iffy call in their favor to earn Golden State its second win, 114-110.
Despite strong performances from Chris Paul (27 points, 10 assists), Blake Griffin (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Caron Butler (20 points on 8-of-10 shooting), L.A. was playing catch-up the entire game. But in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, the Clippers were always within one or two points of the Warriors.
With six seconds left, Chris Paul thought he had tied the game for his team and was about to head to the foul line. Golden State's Stephen Curry stepped in front of Paul, as Paul launched off the ground and scored what seemed like the two points needed for the tie. Curry and Paul made contact and a foul was called. Paul assumed Curry would be the one receiving the foul; instead, it was Paul who earned a personal foul, negating his game-tying basket.
The Clippers' hopes remained in the foul line shots attempted by Curry. If he made both, the game was over, and that's exactly what he did. Curry ended the game with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists. Power forward Carl Landry had another strong game off the bench for the Warriors, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.