OAKLAND — The Warriors stayed alive for at least one more game.
Golden State survived an early deficit and a late rally by the Los Angeles Clippers to win 100-99 in Game 6 of the first-round playoff series to force a winner-take-all game in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Draymond Green played a starring role with his gutty rebounding, tough defense and timely shooting lifting the Warriors whenever things seemed to be getting away from them.
He finished the game with 14 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and one block.
The Clippers appeared ready to run away with the game early, as they opened up the game with a 10-2 lead. The Warriors clawed back and tied the game at 16-16 with a 9-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Stephen Curry, who led all scorers with 24 points to go along with nine assists.
The Clippers led 51-48 at halftime, but the teams traded blows until an Andre Iguodala free throw gave the Warriors a 60-59 lead with 4:24 left in the third quarter, and the Warriors never looked back.
The Golden State run was keyed by a cold stretch by Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who went 4-for-8 shooting for eight points in the first half, but made only one of 12 attempts in the third quarter. Griffin finished the game with 17 points on 8-for-24 shooting and nine rebounds. DeAndre Jordan followed up his monster performance in Game 5 with nine points and 19 rebounds for the Clippers.
Losing David Lee to his sixth foul with 9:44 left in the game, right after Green sat with his fifth foul at 10:15, didn't slow the Warriors down, as they immediately ripped off a 7-2 run to stretch the lead to 85-77.
The game ended ugly, with the Clippers in desperation mode down 100-96.
Los Angeles missed three shots and got three offensive rebounds before Matt Barnes drained a
3-pointer to make it a one-point game with one second left. Curry was fouled on the inbound with 0.4 seconds left and missed both free throws to deny the Clippers a final shot.
Already without big men Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, the Warriors lost center Jermaine O'Neal when he was fouled hard and had to be helped off the court midway through the second quarter.
X-rays on O'Neal's right knee were negative and it was diagnosed as a sprain. He did not return to the game.
NOTE: There were 52 total fouls called in the game, including two technicals.