Clippers win home opener, beating Warriors 126-115

JOE RESNICK, Associated Press
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Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, left, drives to the basket with Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right, defending in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, left, drives to the basket with Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right, defending in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul scored 42 points and had three of his 15 assists on consecutive alley-oop dunks by Blake Griffin during a 30-second span of the third quarter, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 126-115 victory over Golden State in their home opener on Thursday night.

The Clippers, who won the franchise’s first division title last season with a club-record 56 wins, began their 30th season in Los Angeles on Tuesday night with a 116-103 loss to the Lakers — the designated home team in the arena they are sharing for the 15th season.

Five Clippers scored in double figures. Griffin had 23 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 3:53 remaining.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who set an NBA single-season record with 272 3-pointers last season made nine 3s against the Clippers and finished with 39 points and nine assists.

 

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