Warriors beat Clippers on testy Christmas night

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In the fifth and final game of Christmas, the NBA at last gave the gift of intensely competitive basketball. Fans, at least those on the West Coast, got nearly three hours of fabulous entertainment.

For the Warriors and Clippers spent the evening slugging it out, at times literally, with the Warriors earning a 105-103 win before a rambunctious sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

Slumping forward Harrison Barnes made a pair of free throws with 1:08 left to break a 103-103 tie to account for the score, as both teams missed multiple shots in the final minute.

Klay Thompson, another Warrior who has been slumping of late, shared team-high scoring honors with teammate David Lee, each finishing with 23 points. Three other Warriors scored in double figures, as Stephen Curry had 15, Barnes 14 and Andrew Bogut 10.

Clippers star Chris Paul led all scorers with 26 points, 8 in the final quarter.

In the battle of point guards, Curry and Paul each had 11 assists. Curry had two turnovers, Paul three.

The game featured several skirmishes, another indicator that these two teams are becoming rivals.

Forward Draymond Green introduced his left elbow to Blake Griffin's face at the end of the third quarter and received a flagrant foul type 2 and immediate ejection. Griffin received a technical foul.

Less than two minutes later, Griffin engaged in a brief scuffle with Bogut, with Griffin receiving his second technical foul and automatic ejection. Bogut received a flagrant 1 and remained in the game.

- Monte Poole, CSN Bay Area

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