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Warriors can't catch Clippers in 126-115 loss

  • Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, defends against Clippers guard Chris Paul during the first quarter of Thursday's game in Los Angeles. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOS ANGELES — 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.

This is the first season in which the Lakers' championship banners and retired numbers will be covered up during Clippers home games by banners depicting some of their players in action — an innovation by new head coach Doc Rivers.

Five Clippers scored in double figures. Griffin had 23 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 3:53 remaining. Reserve Jamal Crawford added 17 points and DeAndre Jordan had 17 rebounds and nine points.

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. David Lee scored 22 points before fouling out with 4:10 to play, and center Andrew Bogut had 17 points.

Klay Thompson, who had a career-high 38 points on 15-for-19 shooting in a 125-94 rout of the Lakers, did not attempt a field goal against the Clippers until he was awarded a basket on a goaltending call against Jordan with 5:04 left in the half. Thompson finished with 10 points.

Trailing by as many as 19 points, the Warriors sliced the deficit to 110-102 on a four-point play by Curry, who was fouled by Jared Dudley on his fourth 3-pointer of the fourth quarter with 6:05 remaining. But they never got closer as the Clippers responded with a 10-5 run capped by newcomer J.J. Redick's 3-pointer with 3:12 left.

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