LOS ANGELES --- Clutch free throws down the stretch and four starters with 20 or more points lifted the Los Angles Clippers to a 126-121 victory over the Golden State Warriors to take Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals before a sellout crowd of 19,543 at Staples Center on Saturday night.
Forward Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers, scoring 24 points. Point guard Chris Paul and guard Jamal Crawford had 22 points apiece and guard J.J. Redick added 20 points. Paul also had 14 assists.
Center DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers, who advance to second round to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Redick's two free throws with 12.1 seconds remaining were the difference for the Clippers, who advanced to the second round for only the third time since they have been in Los Angeles.
Guard Stephen Curry scored 33 points and had nine assists for the Warriors, while forward Draymond Green scored 24 points and had seven rebounds.
Forward Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer gave the Warriors a 107-106 lead with 4:27 left in the game, but Paul found Jordan for an alley-oop dunk to give Los Angeles a one-point advantage with 3:39 left.
Two free throws by Curry gave Golden State the lead again with 2:22 remaining before Griffin scored inside and drove home a Redick pass for a dunk at 112-109 lead with 1:54 left.
Jordan jammed a Paul miss with 1:15 left to give Los Angeles a five-point advantage before two free throws by Curry pulled Golden State to within 114-111.
Griffin scored inside on a circus move, pushing the lead back to five again with 56 seconds remaining. Green hit one of two free throws to slice the margin to 116-112 with 46.4 seconds left.
Redick's jumper made it 118-112, but Paul was called for a foul on a 3-point attempt by Curry. He hit all three free throws to cut the lead to three before Griffin found Jordan jam with 22:3 seconds remaining.
Green's trey with 13 seconds left got the Warriors to within 120-118.
The Warriors came out blazing, shooting 72.2 percent in the first quarter and 58.5 percent in the first half to take a 64-56 lead at the break. They also hit 9 of 13 (69.2 percent) from behind the arc compared to only 3 of 11 (27.3 percent) for Los Angeles, which converted 51.3 percent (20 of 39) of its attempts.