Warriors prevail over Clippers in heated contest

1:40 AM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
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Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Although it was Christmas night, there was little holiday cheer between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

Instead, two flagrant fouls were called and there were two ejections in a game that saw the Warriors come away with a 105-103 win.

Clippers star forward Blake Griffin was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in the second half. Golden State forward Draymond Green was shown the door at the conclusion of the third quarter for throwing an elbow in the direction of Griffin. Warriors center Andrew Bogut was issued a flagrant foul for grabbing Griffin.

Harrison Barnes hit two free throws with 1:09 remaining to give Golden State a 105-103 lead.

After Darren Collison missed a 3-point shot for LA, he made amends by stealing the ball from David Lee. Chris Paul, though, missed a short shot, but Barnes came up empty at the other end by throwing up an air ball with 20.1 seconds left.

Paul then drove in for the tying layup, but the ball rolled off the rim.

The Clippers still had life after Andre Iguodala missed two free throws with 9.3 seconds left. Paul then had his layup blocked by Klay Thompson with a second left, and after an inbounds play Jamal Crawford's 3-point shot came up short.

Right after the final horn, Paul grabbed the ball out of Bogut's hands and the two exchanged words. Harrison Barnes then shoved Bogut from behind, and coaches and players for both teams jawed at each other.

The teams will meet again Jan. 30 in Los Angeles.

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