Warriors rally to grab 13th victory

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LOS ANGELES: The Golden State Warriors erased a 23-point first-half deficit to stretch their NBA season-opening win streak to 13 games on Thursday (Friday in Manila) with a 124-117 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

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The reigning NBA champions became just the fifth team in NBA history to open a season 13-0 and continued to close in on the record for the best start to a season of 15-0 — achieved by Washington in 1948-49 and the Houston Rockets in 1993-94.

But it was a close-run win, as the pumped up Clippers raced to a big lead over their Pacific Division rivals, led by point guard Chris Paul.

Paul, back in action after being sidelined by a groin strain, made his first seven shots, including three from three-point range.

He finished the game with 35 points and eight assists in 32 minutes on the floor.

But Golden State, who trailed 55-32 early in the second quarter, battled back, with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry scoring 13 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 91-85 going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors shot 73.3 percent from the field in the final period taking a 116-115 lead with less than two minutes to play and never relinquishing it.

AFP

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