Well it was not a pretty game, that’s for sure. However, in front of a raucous crowd at Oracle Arena, somehow, someway, the Warriors managed to stave off elimination by squeaking out a one point victory over the Clippers on Thursday night.
Both teams shot under 40 percent. Stephen Curry was the only player on both teams to reach 20 points and it took him 24 shots to get there. Blake Griffin scored 17 on 24 shots. Griffin also fouled out, along with teammate J.J. Reddick. David Lee fouled out for Golden State.
Golden State won 100-99 thanks to role players like Draymond Green, who had a well-balanced stat sheet, with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 steals.
On paper, there’s no way the Warriors should’ve even hung tight in this one, much less steal a game that saved their season. They were playing without starting center Andrew Bogut, and they also lost fellow big man Jermaine O’Neal in the second quarter.
As if this series needed any more speculation, before the game, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson told his bosses that firing him if the Warriors lose this series would be a premature move. Right after the game ended, Green told sideline reporters “We’re gonna go battle for each other, we’re gonna go battle for Coach.”
Jackson, in the post-game press conference told everyone that his team is going to Game 7 in spite of all the “sideline music.” That sideline music is rumors throughout the coaching community that Jackson’s job is on the line, after a 51 win season.
The Warriors saved their season, and Jackson possibly extended his job for at least one more game, due to some sloppy play by the Clippers. Reddick shot 2-10 from downtown, Chris Paul only managed nine points on 10 shots, and Griffin shooting 8 -24, including 4-11 inside the lane.
The only bright parts for the Clippers in game six was 18 points and 11 rebounds from Matt Barnes and a combined 31 points off the bench from Jamal Crawford and Darren Collinson.
There is absolutely no way the Clippers should’ve lost that game, but the Warriors managed to stay alive and force a final game in Los Angeles on Saturday night.