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ir first eight shots while falling behind

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LOS ANGELES -- The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team. Stephen Curry glanced at the clock and realized there was still plenty of time left to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers. Klay Thompson scored 22 points, spiking the ball as time expired, and Golden State beat Los Angeles 109-105 after getting Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. "A big way to start the series," Curry said. "Weve been resilient all year. Were not going to quit." David Lee had 20 points despite his own foul trouble and Curry scored 14 for the Warriors, who rallied in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together. "Im proud of my guys," Jackson said. "We just had a tremendous will and competitive spirit." Game 2 is Monday night at Staples Center. "The pressure is all on them," Thompson said. "They cant afford to go down 0-2 and go on the road. Its tough to come back down 0-2." Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Griffin finished with 16 points, fouling out with 48 seconds left and the game tied at 105. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds. The Warriors built an 11-point lead early in the fourth, helped by back-to-back dunks by Jermaine ONeal and Thompsons turnaround fadeaway jumper. Then they withstood Pauls desperate but error-filled bid to bring his team all the way back. "We made mistakes," Griffin said. "Some of us, myself included, maybe wanted it too much and came in with an expectation. We just need to relax." Foul trouble plagued both teams, but losing Griffin and Paul for stretches cost the Clippers at both ends. Besides Lee, Andre Iguodala fouled out with 3:04 left in the game. "I kept putting myself in a hole," Griffin said. "I got to do a better job." Paul returned early in the fourth with the Clippers down by double digits. His fast-break layup trimmed Golden States lead to 98-92. Griffin came back at that point, hitting a hook shot and then feeding Paul for a 3-pointer that cut their deficit to 100-97 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Jordan then stepped to the line, having made just 1 of 6 free throws in the game. He hit both and the Clippers got within one. Paul tied it at 102 on a 3-pointer. Darren Collison made one of two free throws, giving the Clippers their first lead since early in the third at 103-102. After Collisons block and Jordans rebound on the defensive end, Paul led a 3-on-1. But Harrison Barnes blocked his 5-footer and then hit a 3 for the Warriors. "I probably should have given the ball to J.J. or DC who were running with me," Paul said. Griffin made two free throws for the 18th and final tie of the game, 105-all with 1 1/2 minutes left. The Clippers defence forced the Warriors into turning the ball over on a shot-clock violation. Griffin fouled out and then Thompson turned the ball over. Paul got it and fed Collison, who lost it near the baseline with 37 seconds left and the referees awarded possession to the Warriors, which was confirmed by a video review. Down 108-105, Paul got fouled and missed both. His fifth foul put Green on the line and he missed both. Collison got possession, but turned the ball over when he stepped out of bounds, one of 17 turnovers by the Clippers. "There were a lot of times where we lost our trust in each other," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "We made too many mistakes to win." The first half was bogged down by 29 fouls, including 15 on the Warriors. The teams split their four games in the regular season, a series that included nine technical fouls, two ejections, one flagrant foul and a postgame confrontation between Griffin and ONeal. But the pushing, shoving and bodies hitting the floor in Game 1 was the result of hard, physical play and not any bad blood. "All that hype absolutely had an impact on how the game was called," Rivers said. "A lot of them were touch fouls." Griffin was limited to four minutes in the first half. He got his first two fouls 36 seconds apart early in the opening quarter and his third at 11:21 of the second. "I tried to keep him from getting easy buckets in transition, which fuels him," Lee said. A three-minute stretch of the third produced a torrent of offence, with each team answering the others baskets. Redick and Thompson dueled from 3-point range and then Redick and Curry exchanged short jumpers with neither team leading by more than three. The Warriors pulled away on a 14-6 run that ended the third with them leading 87-79. NOTES: Green bruised his right leg in the first half. ... 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Atlanta Falcons First Choice: Todd Bowles, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Bowles has been a hot candidate in this year’s coaching search with it being reported every team with a vacancy called the Cardinals to ask permission to interview him. It also appears both Bowles and Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians believe he’ll get a job with Bowles turning down an interview request from the Oakland Raiders and Arians already reportedly looking for a replacement. Bowles is one of two candidates the Falcons are reportedly bringing in for a second interview. Backup Plan: Teryl Austin, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Austin lacks Bowles’ experience as a coordinator but led a quietly impressive Lions defence this season. While Austin has also interviewed with the Chicago Bears, he may need some more seasoning before serious head coaching consideration. Notes: According to reports, Bowles and Austin are the only two candidates the Falcons are bringing in for second interviews but the team has also talked to Seattle Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, Denver Broncos OC Adam Gase, former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone, and New England Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. McDaniels was at one point considered the favourite given his ties to Falcons to GM Thomas Dimitroff and assistant GM Scott Pioli, but according to SIs Peter King, he was no longer a candidate after his interview. Chicago Bears First Choice: John Fox, former Denver Broncos head coach It was hard to gauge the Bears’ coaching search until Fox was unexpectedly let go by the Broncos after their loss in the Divisional Round. The veteran head coach is a solid candidate and makes sense for the Bears’ veteran roster. Chicago wasted little time in setting up an interview with Fox but ESPN reports cautioned it’s not yet a done deal. Backup Plan: Dan Quinn, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator The Bears were reportedly impressed with Quinn as well as Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, and Broncos OC Adam Gase. I’ll give Quinn the edge because if new GM Ryan Pace was that in to Austin or Bowles, he could have hired one of them already, and the Bears focused their attention first on Fox rather than Gase when both became available. Denver Broncos First Choice: Gary Kubiak, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Kubiak has declined other interview requests, opting instead to stay with the Ravens, but a return to Denver to coach Peyton Manning may be too good to pass up. Kubiak both played and coached for the Broncos. He was offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan before leaving to become head coach of the Houston Texans. The Broncos requested permission to interview Kubiak less than 24 hours after parting ways with Fox. Backup Plan: Mike Shanahan, former Washington Redskins head coach This one isn’t as farfetched as you might think. The regime that fired Shanahan is no longer in charge in Denver and Peyton Manning reportedly admires the veteran coach. With Adam Gase far from locked in at offensive coordinator, Shanahan could also bring his son Kyle in to run the offence. Notes: There isn’t much news on other Broncos candidates only a day after the team parted with Fox but it appears John Elway will hire out of house, opting against promoting either Gase or defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who could each land head coaching jobs elsewhere. New York Jets First Choice: Dan Quinn, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Quinn has reportedly been one of the most impressive interviews this off--season.dddddddddddd The only thing that could get in the way of a Quinn-Jets marriage is impatience. The Jets may not want to potentially wait three weeks for the Seahawks’ season to end, opting to go with Plan B instead to give him time to find solid coordinators. Backup Plan: Todd Bowles, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator The Jets are reportedly bringing Bowles in for a second interview this week, which lends credit to the notion the team doesn’t want to wait for Quinn. If Bowles impresses, the Jets could offer him a contract rather than run the risk of losing both him and Quinn in the end. Notes: Former Bills head coach Doug Marrone appeared to be the heavy frontrunner for the Jets job when he opted out of his contract in Buffalo before bombing his interview. It seemed like poetic justice until you remember Marrone is making $4 million from the Bills this year for nothing. The Jets added Carolina Panthers DC Sean McDermott to their coaching search early this week. Oakland Raiders First Choice: Jack Del Rio, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Del Rio leapfrogged Tony Sparano as frontrunner for the job sometime last week when it became obvious the Raiders were waiting for someone, otherwise they would have just offered Sparano the job already. Those suspicions were confirmed when the Raiders set up a second interview with Del Rio not long after the Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs. Backup Plan: Tony Sparano, Oakland Raiders interim head coach Sparano was a legitimate candidate to stay on as head coach of the Raiders but unless something goes wrong during Del Rio’s interview on Tuesday, Sparano will likely finish as runner-up. Notes: Oakland’s first choice was of course Jim Harbaugh but lost out on the former San Francisco 49ers head coach to the University of Michigan early in the process. The most interesting interview conducted by Raiders owner Mark Davis was Mike Shanahan, the one-time Raiders coach who publicly feuded with Mark’s dad Al. San Francisco 49ers First Choice: Adam Gase, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Minutes after the Broncos parted ways with Fox, the 49ers were looking to set up a second interview with Gase, fearing the offensive coordinator was in line for a promotion in Denver. San Fran can take their gas off the pedal a little as it appears Denver has no interest in promoting Gase – or even keeping him on as offensive coordinator – but the 49ers clearly tipped their hand in all the chaos. Backup Plan: Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach Reports state Tomsula, who at one point appeared to be the favourite to succeed Harbaugh while the now Michigan head coach was still with the team, is still the in-house favourite, despite not even having a formal interview with team brass. 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