LOS ANGELES – The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team.
Stephen Curry glanced at the clock and realized there was still plenty of time left to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points, spiking the ball as time expired, and Golden State beat Los Angeles 109-105 after getting Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.
“A big way to start the series,” Curry said. “We’ve been resilient all year. We’re not going to quit.”
David Lee had 20 points despite his own foul trouble and Curry scored 14 for the Warriors, who rallied in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together.
“I’m proud of my guys,” Jackson said. “We just had a tremendous will and competitive spirit.”
Game 2 is Monday night at Staples Center.
“The pressure is all on them,” Thompson said. “They can’t afford to go down 0-2 and go on the road. It’s tough to come back down 0-2.”
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 105-105. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Warriors built an 11-point lead early in the fourth, helped by back-to-back dunks by Jermaine O’Neal and Thompson’s turnaround fadeaway jumper. Then they withstood Paul’s desperate but error-filled bid to bring his team all the way back.
“We made mistakes,” Griffin said. “Some of us, myself included, maybe wanted it too much and came in with an expectation. We just need to relax.”
Foul trouble plagued both teams, but losing Griffin and Paul for stretches cost the Clippers at both ends. Besides Lee, Andre Iguodala fouled out with 3:04 left in the game.
“I kept putting myself in a hole,” Griffin said. “I got to do a better job.”
Paul returned early in the fourth with the Clippers down by double digits. 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 3-pointer that cut their deficit to 100-97 with 3½ minutes left.
“There were a lot of times where we lost our trust in each other,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We made too many mistakes to win.”
The first half was bogged down by 29 fouls, including 15 on the Warriors.
Thunder 100, Grizzlies 86
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder defeat Memphis in the opening game of their first-round series.
Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City, which nearly squandered a 25-point lead but recovered from a dismal third quarter to make 10 of 16 shots in the fourth.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but he made just seven of 21 shots and got into foul trouble in the second half.
Mike Conley had 16 points and 11 assists, Mark Gasol scored 16 points and Tony Allen added 13 points for the Grizzlies.
Hawks 101, Pacers 93
In Indianapolis, Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Pacers, who spent the whole season working to get home-court advantage in the playoffs, wasted no time in giving it right back with a dismal third quarter.
Paul George finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana.
Nets 94, Raptors 87
In Toronto, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and Brooklyn beat the Raptors in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Shaun Livingston scored 10 points and Kevin Garnett had five as the Nets won despite making 4 of 24 3-pointers.
Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Toronto.