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Warriors rally past Clips to grab 13th straight win

THE Golden State Warriors erased a 23-point first-half deficit to stretch their National Basketball Association season-opening win streak to 13 games on Thursday with a 124-117 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The reigning champions became just the fifth team in NBA history to open a season 13-0 and continued to close in on the record for the best start to a season of 15-0 — achieved by Washington in 1948-49 and the Houston Rockets in 1993-94.

But it was a close-run win, as the pumped-up Clippers raced to a big lead over their Pacific Division rivals, led by point guard Chris Paul.

Paul, back in action after two games sidelined by a groin strain, made his first seven shots, including three from three-point range. He finished the game with 35 points and eight assists in 32 minutes on the floor.

But Golden State, which trailed 32-55 early in the second quarter, battled back, with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry scoring 13 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter.

“No matter how bad we’re playing, we always feel like we have a shot,” said Curry, who also pulled down 11 rebounds. “It was a hard-fought, gut-wrenching game that everybody stepped up and played well.”

Guard Klay Thompson scored 25 points for the Warriors. Harrison Barnes added 21 and forward Draymond Green contributed 19 points and nine assists.

Trailing 85-91 going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors shot 73.3 percent from the field in the final period.

In other games, it was: Heat 116, Kings 109; and Cavaliers 115, Bucks 100.


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