Warriors rally, reach 13-0 with 124-117 win over Clippers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With an NBA championship in their back pocket, the Golden State Warriors never feel as though they're out of a game. Even when trailing by 23 in the first half.

Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Warriors shot 8 of 9 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-117 Thursday night for their 13th consecutive victory to start the season.

"Obviously, you don't get a trophy for it, but it's just a nice story line and a nice way to start the season," Curry said. "We want to enjoy this."

Klay Thompson added 25 points, Harrison Barnes had 21 and Draymond Green 19 for the Warriors, one of four teams in NBA history to open 13-0. The defending champs improved to 6-0 on the road while completing the biggest comeback in the league this season.

"We just continued to fight and even when they were hitting everything, it still never felt like they were just controlling the game," Green said. "When it's like that, you've got a shot at winning."

The Warriors were 11 of 15 from the field in the fourth, when they made nine of 10 free throws and outrebounded the Clippers 11-6.

"Those numbers are insane," said Clippers star Blake Griffin, who had 27 points but was limited to one free throw and three shots in the fourth. "They're the better team. We're trying to get to where they're at."

NBA POWER RANKINGS:

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Warriors rally, reach 13-0 with 124-117 win over Clippers

30. Philadelphia 76ers (0-12)

Last week: 30

Stat: Only 10 rookie centers have scored at least 18 PPG on 48-percent shooting (Okafor: 18.8 PPG, 48.3 FG%)

(AP Photo/Michael Perez)

29. Los Angeles Lakers (2-9)

Last week: 28

Stat: Last in NBA in FGA in restricted area (22.1/G)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

28. Brooklyn Nets (2-10)

Last week: 29

Stat: Worst 12-game start for the franchise since 2008-09 (0-12)

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

27. New Orleans Pelicans (1-11)

Last week: 26

Stat: Least "clutch" minutes played in the NBA -- 8 minutes (ahead of behind by 5 or less in final five minutes)

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

26. Portland Trail Blazers (4-9)

Last week: 24

Stat: 0-7 since 4-2 start -- 28th in net-rating in that time (-10.5)

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

25. Sacramento Kings (4-8)

Last week: 27

Stat: Rondo: Hasn't logged less than 10 assists since Nov. 6

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

24. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-7)

Last week: 25

Stat: Towns and Wiggins combining for 37.5 PPG

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

23. Orlando Magic (6-6)

Last week: 22

Stat: 29th in FG% on two-point shots

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

22. Denver Nuggets (6-6)

Last week: 23

Stat: Gallinari: -9.4 net-rating

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

21. Charlotte Hornets (6-6)

Last week: 20

Stat: Six players ever have posted usage rates higher than 20 and turnover percentages under seven (Lamb: 20.9 and 6.7, respectively)

(Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

20. Milwaukee Bucks (5-6)

Last week: 18

Stat: Middleton: Team-high plus-23.4 on-off rating

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

19. Houston Rockets (5-7)

Last week: 8

Stat: Lawson: 31.8/25.7/67.6 shooting percentages

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

18. Phoenix Suns (6-5)

Last week: 21

Stat: Top-10 in offensive and defensive efficiency

(AP Photo/Matt York)

17. New York Knicks (6-6)

Last week: 19

Stat: Won sixth game last year on Jan. 19

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

16. Detroit Pistons (6-5)

Last week: 12

Stat: No player has averaged at least 19 points and 18 rebounds since 1973-74 (Drummond: 19.1 PPG and 18.9 RPG)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

15. Indiana Pacers (7-5)

Last week: 17

Stat: Paul George: 2.58 shooting fouls drawn per game (previous career-high: 2.03)

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

14. Boston Celtics (6-5)

Last week: 16

Stat: 3rd in NBA in offensive rebound rate

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

13. Washington Wizards (5-4)

Last week: 14

Stat: -19 total point differential

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

12. Toronto Raptors (7-6)

Last week: 9

Stat: Five of their six losses have been decided by six points or less

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

11. Utah Jazz (6-5)

Last week: 11

Stat: 7th in offensive rebound rate, 13th in defensive rebound rate (1st in ORB% and 5th in DRB% last year)

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

10. Memphis Grizzlies (6-6)

Last week: 13

Stat: Chalmers: 39.4 PER since being acquired on Nov. 10

(AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

9. Dallas Mavericks (8-4)

Last week: 15

Stat: Deron Williams: 30-for-30 from the free throw line this season

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

8. Miami Heat (6-4)

Last week: 7

Stat: Ranked 29th in field goal attempts, 25th in free throw attempts

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

7. Oklahoma City Thunder (7-5)

Last week: 4

Stat: 1st in offensive rebound rate

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

6. Atlanta Hawks (9-5)

Last week: 5

Stat: Horford: Career-high 49 three-point attempts (shooting 36.7 percent on threes)

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

5. Los Angeles Clippers (6-4)

Last week: 6

Stat: DeAndre Jordan: 56 field goal attempts, 60 free throw attempts

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

4. Chicago Bulls (8-3)

Last week: 10

Stat: Opponents shooting a league-worst 52.9 percent in restricted area

(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

3. Cleveland Cavaliers (8-3)

Last week: 2

Stat: Love: Taking a career-high 6.8 3PA per game but shooting just 32 percent on threes.

(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

2. San Antonio Spurs (9-2)

Last week: 3

Stat: Leonard: 52.4/42.1/88.0 shooting percentages

(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

1. Golden State Warriors (12-0)

Last week: 1

Stat: League-best 48.1 percent team field-goal percentage and 40.1 three-point percentage

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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The Warriors withstood five turnovers, some of which allowed the Clippers to stretch their lead from three points to 10 with 5 minutes remaining.

"Whether they shoot well or not, that's what fuels their offense - easy buckets in transition off turnovers," Curry said. "Once we started getting good possessions on offense, then we got stops because we were able to set our defense and make it tough on them. Then we were able to make some shots and run away with it."

Chris Paul scored a season-high 35 points, including 18 while igniting the Clippers in the opening quarter after missing two games with a sore right groin. Jamal Crawford added 15 points.

The Warriors closed on a 25-8 run, taking their first lead since Curry's 3-pointer began the game. He sat down with two early fouls in the first quarter.

"They made every big shot," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Their ball found everyone."

Thompson hit a 3 for a 113-112 lead with 2:43 left before Crawford's 3-pointer provided the Clippers' last lead of 115-113. From there, Curry hit a 3, Green scored on a cutting layup and Curry made four straight free throws for a 122-115 advantage.

"We've got to find a way to win that game and that's on me," Paul said.

The Warriors pulled to 96-95 on a 3-pointer by Barnes in the fourth before DeAndre Jordan got fouled and made both free throws. He followed with an alley-oop dunk off Paul's pass near the Warriors' bench, and Josh Smith capped the 6-0 run with a one-handed slam after Curry's turnover for a 102-95 lead.

Both teams began firing up 3s. Paul Pierce followed Paul's 3 from the left corner with one of his own that stretched the Clippers' lead to 112-102 in their last scoring burst of the game. Andre Iguodala hit a pair that left Golden State trailing 112-110.

Golden State cut its deficit to 83-76 late in the third, outscoring Los Angeles 22-11 on a combined 16 points by Curry and Green.

Green's 3-pointer beat the buzzer and left the Warriors trailing 91-85 heading into the fourth.

The Clippers shot 71 percent in the first quarter, when Paul scored 18 points and was perfect from the floor, the 3-point line and the free throw line. At one point, Paul had singlehandedly outscored Golden State 18-16 while Curry had two fouls and two turnovers in the game's first 4 minutes.

TIP-INS

Warriors: G Leandro Barbosa has the flu and watched the game from the locker room. ... G Shaun Livingston sat out with a strained left hip flexor.

Clippers: Paul is the only player to have 18-plus points and four-plus assists in a quarter this season. ... The Clippers' 41 points in the first were the most in a quarter and their 68 points were the most in a half this season. ... G J.J. Redick missed his third straight game because of back spasms.

OVER THEMSELVES

The Warriors clearly have gotten over their championship run last season and are focused on new challenges. Going into training camp, the coaching staff wasn't sure that was going to be the case.

"We even talked about it as a staff, that we might have to send that message out," interim coach Luke Walton said. "But from the first day of camp, the players were on the court ready to work and were competing. That's what makes it so much fun to coach these guys. They put their personal goals aside and it's all about the team goal."

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

"Once you win a title, you own confidence through 82 games and into the playoffs," Rivers said.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host Chicago on Friday.

Clippers: At Portland on Friday.

MEASURING THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED NBA FRANCHISES OF ALL TIME:

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Warriors rally, reach 13-0 with 124-117 win over Clippers

30. Minnesota Timberwolves: -14

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 0 points

60-win season: 0 points

50-win season: 12 points

Hall of Famer:  0 points

Retired number: 1 point

5 straight years without playoffs: -3 points

<30-win season: -14 points

<20-win season: -10 points

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

29. Toronto Raptors: -8

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 0 points

60-win season: 0 points

50-win season: 0 points

Hall of Famer: 6 points

Retired number: 0 points

5 straight years without playoffs: - 1 point

<30-win season: -7 points

<20-win season: -2 points

(AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

28. Memphis Grizzlies: -8

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 0 points

60-win season: 0 points

50-win season: 12 points

Hall of Famer: 0 points

Retired number: 0 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -11 points

<20-win season: -8 points

(AP Photo/John Amis)

27. New Orleans Pelicans: -3

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 0 points

60-win season: 0 points

50-win season: 3 points

Hall of Famer: 0 points

Retired number: 0 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -3 points

<20-win season: -2 points

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

26. Charlotte Hornets: 1

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 0 points

60-win season:0 points

50-win season: 9 points

Hall of Famers: 6 points

Retired number: 1 point

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -8 points

<20-win season: -6 points

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

25. Los Angeles Clippers: 4

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 0 points

60-win season: 0 points

50-win season: 9 points

Hall of Famers: 30 points

Retired numbers: 0 points

5 straight years without playoffs: -4 points

<30-win season: -19 points

<20-win season: -12 points

(AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson)

24. Denver Nuggets: 27

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 0 points

60-win season: 0 points

50-win season: 24 points

Hall of Famer: 12 points

Retired number: 5 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 points

<30-win season: -7 points

<20-win season: -6 points

(AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

23. Cleveland Cavaliers: 33

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 10 points

60-win season: 8 points

50-win season: 24 points

Hall of Famer: 9 points

Retired number: 7 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -3 points

<30-win season: -14 points

<20-win season: -8 points

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

22. Orlando Magic: 36

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 10 points

60-win season: 4 points

50-win season: 21 points

Hall of Famer: 9 points

Retired number: 0 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: 0 points

<30-win season: -6 points

<20-win season: -2 points

(Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

21. Atlanta Hawks: 59

Championships: 0 points

Finals appearances: 0 points

60-win seasons: 4 points

50-win seasons: 27 points

Hall of Famers: 23 points

Retired numbers: 3 point
 

5 straight years without playoffs:-1 point

<30-win season: -6 points

<20-win season: -1 point

(AP Photo/Fred Jewell)

20. Brooklyn Nets: 61

Championship:20 points

Finals appearance: 20 points

60-win seasons: 0 points

50-win seasons: 12 points

Hall of Famers: 27 points

Retired numbers: 6 points


 

5 straight years without playoffs: -2 points

<30-win season: -14 points

<20-win season: -8 points

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

19. Dallas Mavericks: 65

Championship: 10 points

Finals appearance: 10 points

60-win season: 12 points

50-win season: 42 points

Hall of Famer: 9 points

Retired number: 2 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -2 points

<30-win season:  -10 points

<20-win season: -8 points

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

18. Milwaukee Bucks: 67

Championship: 10 points

Finals appearance: 10 points

60-win season: 4 points

50-win season: 13 points

Hall of Famer: 33 points

Retired number: 8 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season:  -8 points

<20-win season: -2 points

(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

17. Washington Wizards: 73

Championship: 10 points

Finals appearance: 20 points

60-win season: 4 points

50-win season: 15 points

Hall of Famer: 42 points

Retired number: 4 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -3 points

<30-win season: -13 points

<20-win season: -6 points

(AP Photo)

16. Sacramento Kings: 73

Championship: 10 points

Finals appearance: 5 points

60-win season: 4 points

50-win season: 15 points

Hall of Famer: 48 points

Retired number: 10 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -17 points

<20-win season: -2 points

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

15. Miami Heat: 90

Championship: 30 points

Finals appearance: 25 points

60-win season: 8 points

50-win season: 27 points

Hall of Famer: 9 points

Retired number: 2 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -5 points

<20-win season: -6 points

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

14. Portland Trail Blazers: 94

Championship: 10 points

Finals appearance: 15 points

60-win season: 4 points

50-win season: 39 points

Hall of Famer: 24 points

Retired number: 12 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -7 points

<20-win season: -2 points

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

13. Utah Jazz: 98

Championship: 0

Finals appearance: 10

60-win season: 12

50-win season: 42

Hall of Famer: 30

Retired number: 9 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -5 points

<20-win season: 0 points

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

12. Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle SuperSonics: 102

Championship: 10 points

Finals appearance: 20 points

60-win season: 8 points

50-win season: 42 points

Hall of Famer: 21 points

Retired number: 7 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -5 points

<20-win season: 0 points

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

11. Phoenix Suns: 106

Championship: 0 points

Finals appearance: 10 points

60-win season: 12 points

50-win season: 57 points

Hall of Famer: 24 points

Retired number: 11 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -2 points

<30-win season: -4 points

<20-win season: -1 point

(AP Photo/Mark Elias)

10. Indiana Pacers: 113

Championship: 30 points

Finals appearance: 20 points

60-win season: 4 points

50-win season: 27 points

Hall of Famer: 33 points

Retired numbers: 5 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: 5 point

<20-win season: 0 points

(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

9. Houston Rockets: 114

Championship: 20 points

Finals appearance: 20 points

60-win season: 0 points

50-win season: 33 points

Hall of Famer: 36 points

Retired number: 6 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -6 points

<20-win season: -4 points

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

8. Golden State Warriors: 119

Championship: 30 points

Finals appearance: 25 points

60-win seasons: 4 points

50-win seasons: 18 points

Hall of Famers: 63 points

Retired numbers: 6 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -16 points

<20-win season: -10 points

(AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

7. Philadelphia 76ers: 155

Championship: 30 points

Finals appearance: 45 points

60-win season: 4 points

50-win season: 16 points

Hall of Famer: 51 points

Retired number: 9 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: 11 points

<20-win season: -8 points

(AP Photo)

6. Detroit Pistons: 158

Championship: 30 points

Finals appearance: 25 points

60-win season: 8 points

50-win season: 42 points

Hall of Famer: 63 points

Retired number: 8 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -3 points

<30-win season: -13 points

<20-win season: -2 points

(AP Photo/Doug Pizac)

5. New York Knicks: 174

Championship: 20 points

Finals appearance: 40 points

60-win season: 8 points

50-win season: 39 points

Hall of Famer: 75 points

Retired number: 9 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -14 points

<20-win season: -2 points

(AP Photo)

4. Chicago Bulls: 177

Championship: 60 points

Finals appearance: 30 points

60-win season: 24 points

50-win season: 48 points

Hall of Famers: 27 points

Retired numbers: 4 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -9 points

<20-win season: -6 points

(AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser)

3. San Antonio Spurs: 216

Championship: 50 points

Finals appearance: 30 points

60-win season: 20 points

50-win season: 81 points

Hall of Famer: 30 points

Retired number: 7 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -2 points

<20-win season: 0 points

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

2. Los Angeles Lakers: 476

Championship: 160 points

Finals appearance: 110 points

60-win season: 44 points

50-win season: 96 points

Hall of Famer: 63 points

Retired number: 9 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: 0 points

<30-win season: -4 points

<20-win season: -2 points

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

1. Boston Celtics: 503

Championships: 170 points

Finals appearances: 100 points

60-win seasons: 52 points

50-win season: 93 points

Hall of Famer: 81 points

Retired numbers: 21 points
 

5 straight years without playoffs: -1 point

<30-win season: -9 points

<20-win season: -4 points

(AP Photo/File)

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