OAKLAND, Calif. -- Forward Harrison Barnes' two free throws with 1:09 remaining broke a tie and provided the final scoring of the game Wednesday night as the Golden State Warriors held on for a 105-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, who lost All-Star forward Blake Griffin to a fourth-quarter ejection.
The Clippers missed their last five shots, including three by standout point guard Chris Paul from point-blank range in the game's final minute.
Paul's last miss on a 9-for-20 night was blocked out of bounds by Warriors guard Klay Thompson with one second remaining. Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford misfired on a desperation 30-footer on the subsequent inbounds play, ending the game but not the action.
Paul and Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who had gotten into it earlier with Griffin, exchanged shoves after the final buzzer. Clippers backup Matt Barnes got into the skirmish in front of the Warriors bench before cooler heads prevailed.
The win was the third in a row for the Warriors (17-13), while the Clippers (20-10) saw a league-best, five-game winning streak come to an end.
Tempers began to flare on the final play of the third quarter, when Griffin and Warriors forward Draymond Green tangled away from the ball. Green was ejected for having elbowed Griffin in the chin, while the Clippers star was given a technical foul.
Just 1:17 into the fourth quarter, Griffin drew a second technical and was disqualified as well. This one resulted from a wrestling match with the Warriors' Bogut under the Los Angeles basket, a play in which Bogut was assessed a flagrant foul.
The Clippers scored the game's next five points to break a tie and go up 83-78 with 9:45 to play, but a Thompson 3-pointer highlighted a six-point Warriors run that flipped the score in Golden State's favor at 84-83.
There were six lead changes and four ties after that, the last of the ties coming at 103-all when Paul his a pair of free throws with 1:36 to go.
Barnes' game-winning free throws came on the Warriors' next possession.
Lee had a 23-point, 13-rebound double-double to lead the Warriors. Thompson also scored 23, while point guard Stephen Curry (15 points, 11 assists) and Bogut (10 points, 14 rebounds) also recorded double-doubles.
For Lee and Bogut, the tandem double-figure rebounding game was their 10th in a row, the longest such streak in the NBA since 1978.
Paul had 26 points to lead the Clippers, who move on to Portland for the second half of a back-to-back Thursday night. Paul also found time for 11 assists.
Griffin finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in just 32 minutes before his ejection. Center DeAndre Jordan (13 points, 13 rebounds) had a third Clippers double-double, while Crawford contributed 19 points.
The Warriors managed to stay within 78-75 through three quarters despite the fact that Curry was struggling through a 2-for-12 shooting night. Curry had been outscored by rival Paul 18-6 at that point.
The Clippers scored the game's first eight points and never trailed in the first half, leading by as many as 13 at one point. Griffin had six of his 13 first-half points in the game-opening burst.
The Warriors managed to get within 53-51 at halftime thanks to 10 second-chance points in the second quarter and a 27-21 advantage on the boards overall. Bogut had 12 of the Warriors' 27 rebounds in the half.
NOTES: When asked before the game if his team had a rivalry with the Warriors, Clippers coach Doc Rivers assured, "Neither team has done anything to have a rivalry yet, but I do think it would be neat if we could create one by both of us becoming great teams." ... The Warriors were making their third Christmas appearance in four seasons after having not been scheduled on the holiday for 26 consecutive years. ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson noted before the game he considers it an honor to be selected to play on Christmas, saying, "I played in some Christmas games, watched plenty and covered some, and there is nothing like knowing people are watching you. It gives you a great platform and a great stage." ... The game pitted big men with the league's two longest active streaks of games hitting at least 50 percent of their shots. Warriors C Andrew Bogut brought a 17-game string into the game while Clippers C DeAndre Jordan sported a 16-gamer.