OAKLAND — The Clippers led by three points with just under four minutes left when a wide-open Klay Thompson let one fly.
“That was back rim,” Thompson said. “Good backspin, that felt great. I even was walking back like I made it. When it leaves your hand, it felt great. That one hurt.”
Warriors coach Mark Jackson noted the moment as well and said the team got some “great looks” against the Clippers.
The only problem was, the Warriors missed too many of them. They were 6 for 31 from 3-point range. Thompson was 2 for 11 from beyond the arc while scoring 26 points. And with Stephen Curry being chased around by defenders and looking for his supporting cast to come through, the shots just weren’t falling for his teammates.
Inside, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were dominating, so there wasn’t much to be had there without Andrew Bogut. The Warriors needed to shoot their way back into the game, which they did with three Curry 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
But getting into an 18-point deficit against the No. 3-seeded Clippers was not ideal conditions for a comeback, and in the end, it was too little, too late.