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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Power forward Draymond Green capped a 14-point, 14-rebound effort by sinking two free throws with 1:19 to go, and the Golden State Warriors held off a late flurry by the Los Angeles Clippers to record a 100-99 victory Thursday night that tied the Western Conference first-round series at 3-3.

A winner-take-all Game 7 will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The survivor of the first-ever playoff series between the Warriors and Clippers will advance to face the winner of Game 7 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors reached their first Game 7 in 37 years by leading throughout the fourth quarter, but never by more than eight.

Clippers backup shooting guard Jamal Crawford led a late comeback with a 3-pointer, and small forward Matt Barnes hit a driving hoop as Los Angeles got within 96-94 with 1:47 to play.

Green then outworked Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan for an offensive rebound and was fouled. He made both shots with 1:19 to go to double the Warriors' margin to four.

After Jordan converted a lob at the other end to get the Clippers back within 98-96, Warriors backup forward Harrison Barnes drew a sixth foul on Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick and converted both foul shots, again making it a four-point guard with 55.6 seconds left.

The Warriors didn't score again, but they didn't have to. The Clippers missed four consecutive shots, mostly of the desperation nature, before Barnes buried a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to close the gap to 100-99.

Los Angeles fouled Warriors shooting guard Stephen Curry with four-tenths of a second left, and even though the Golden State star missed both shots, the second was deflected back toward midcourt at time expired.

Despite missing 15 of 24 shots, Curry led the Warriors with 24 points. Small forward Andre Iguodala added 15 points, and backup big man Marreese Speights had 12 as Golden State was able to win despite shooting just 39.3 percent and missing 17 of 24 3-point attempts.

Crawford poured in 19 points and Barnes had an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Clippers, who shot just 36.8 percent for the game.

Standout big man Blake Griffin fouled out after scoring 17 points on a night when he shot just 8-for-24. Redick had 15 points before fouling out, and Jordan corralled 19 rebounds to go with nine points.

Star point guard Chris Paul struggled through a 3-for-10 game and contributed just nine points and eight assists.

After never leading by more than seven in the first three quarters, the Warriors finally created a little cushion for themselves early in the final period by hitting six of their first eight shots of the period.

The biggest of the bunch was by Speights, who moments earlier was summoned from the bench after center David Lee fouled out. Speights drew a fifth foul on Griffin while scoring from the interior, then made the free throw to complete a three-point play that pushed Golden State's lead to 83-77 with 9:09 to go.

When shooting guard Klay Thompson dropped in a fast-break layup on the Warriors' next possession, the lead reached eight with 8:48 left.

After shooting just 32.7 percent in the first half and yet trailing just 51-48 at the break, the Warriors finally found their offensive game in the third quarter. Iguodala (2-for-2) and Lee (2-for-3) shot well from the field, and Thompson hit his first hoop of the game -- a 3-pointer -- helping Golden State go up by as many as seven.

Griffin missed 11 of his 12 shots in the quarter, but when Crawford banked in a 3-pointer in the final minute of the period, the Clippers inched back within 70-67 entering the final 12 minutes.

The Clippers got slightly the better of a choppy first half, using 21 combined points from Barnes (11) and Redick (10) to build a 51-48 lead.

The Warriors, already without starting center Andrew Bogut, lost backup big man Jermaine O'Neal to a sprained knee in the second quarter. After a productive start (two points and three rebounds in 2 1/2 minutes), O'Neal went to the locker room following an awkward collision with Clippers big man Glen Davis. He never returned to the game.

NOTES: The NBA Advisory/Finance Committee voted earlier in the day to "move forward as expeditiously as possible" in the process of terminating Donald Sterling's ownership of the Clippers. Asked before the game for his reaction to the news, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, "You're not surprised by that. Good for them. I think there is a lot of work to be done in that area." ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson insisted before the game that the pressure was on the Clippers. "It's tough to finish a team off," he explained. "What you don't want in this situation is a Game 7 because anything can happen." ... The Clippers secured a franchise record for 3-pointers in a series (48) even before taking the court for Game 6. They added 11 more, on 35 attempts, Thursday. ... The Clippers fell to 2-4 in close-out opportunities in franchise history. The Warriors, meanwhile, won a potential elimination game for the first time since 1987, ending a streak of seven losses in a row.
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