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Warriors defeat Clippers in opener

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, talks to referee Sean Wright after receiving his fifth foul of the game during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 109-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, talks to referee Sean Wright after receiving his fifth foul of the game during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 109-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20, and the visiting Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-105, on Saturday in their playoff opener.

Stephen Curry added 14 points for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points to start the game before rallying in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Griffin finished with 16 points, fouling out with 48 seconds left and the game tied at 105. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Foul trouble plagued both teams, but losing Griffin and Paul for stretches cost the Clippers at both ends. For the Warriors, Andre Iguodala fouled out with 3:04 left in the game and Lee played with four fouls.

Paul returned early in the fourth with the Clippers trailing by 11. His fast-break layup trimmed Golden State's lead to 98-92. Griffin came back at that point, hitting a hook shot and then feeding Paul for a three-pointer that cut their deficit to 100-97 with 31/2 minutes left.

Jordan then stepped to the line, having made just 1 of 6 free throws in the game. He hit both and the Clippers got within one. Paul tied it at 102 on a three-pointer.

Nets 94, Raptors 87 - Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points and Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter as Brooklyn won the playoff series opener in Toronto. Shaun Livingston scored 10 points and Kevin Garnett had five as the Nets won despite making 4 of 24 threes.

The game was delayed midway through the third quarter when the shot clocks above each basket malfunctioned. Play eventually resumed with both clocks still dark, and the stadium announcer marking the remaining time at 10 seconds, then counting down from five before saying 'Horn' as time expired. The clocks remained inactive for the rest of the game.

Hawks 101, Pacers 93 - Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points as Atlanta dominated the second half of Game 1 in Indianapolis to steal homecourt advantage in the first-round Eastern Conference series.

Paul Millsap scored 25 points and Kyle Korver added 12 for the eighth-seeded Hawks, who outscored the Pacers 30-16 in the third quarter to take control. DeMarre Carroll recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds and was one of five players to knock down at least two three-pointers for Atlanta.

-Inquirer wire services

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