One thing is for certain: the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers had one of the best series in NBA Playoff history.
Game seven had everything – high flying offense and swarming defense. One team had to win, and one had to lose. It just ended up that the Clippers were able to get a few key defensive stops and make their free throws at the end to take the game and the series 126-121.
The Clippers had a balanced scoring attack with six players in double figures. All-Star Chris Paul was battling a strained muscle in his leg, yet led the offensive charge with 22 points and 14 assists. Fellow All-Star Blake Griffin added 24 points and five rebounds from the floor.
The Warriors had nothing to hang their head about in this game. They absolutely played their heart out for coach Mark Jackson and the Dub Nation fanbase. All-Star Stephen Curry was able to lead the Warriors offense with 33 points and nine assists, and second year forward Draymond Green dropped in a career high 24 points and seven rebounds.
The game started out quickly for the Warriors as they were able to take a substantial early lead for the fist time in the series. At one point the Warriors held a 12-point lead before the Clippers made a late run due to seven Golden State turnovers. Curry was able to stem the tide and made one of the most impressive four-point plays just before the end of the half to give the Warriors an eight-point lead.
The Clippers came out on fire in the second half and were able to take the lead within the first few minutes due to bad shots and more turnovers from the Warriors. At one point, the Warriors found themselves in an eight-point hole before coach Mark Jackson was able to rally the troops.
The fourth quarter was one of the most exciting periods all season for both teams. It was a heavyweight championship fight; both contenders were slugging it out back and forth. The Clippers were able to make the key shots towards the end. They hit their free throws, and they were able to take the game.
After the game, Green noted that “the Clippers made a couple plays at the end, and were able to take the game; we have nothing to hang our head about.”
Coach Jackson said after the game, “The ending was disappointing; this was a great year for us, and we will look forward to seeing them in the future.”
The Warriors did their fan base proud with their effort in this series. They battled adversity and were able to take one of the best teams in the NBA to the brink of the next round. Warriors fans should be excited for their team and the prospects for the 2014-15 season.