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Clippers handed first loss of the season by Warriors, 108-112

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The Clippers and Warriors battled down to the wire in an early-season thriller, but the defending champions came out victorious.

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Both teams entered ORACLE Arena undefeated, but only one could emerge that way.

The 4-0 Clippers met their bay area rivals in Oakland for their first matchup of the young NBA season, and were dealt their first loss by the defending champions.

After falling behind by 17 in the 2nd quarter, the Clippers fought back with a vengeance and took a 10-point lead in the fourth, but even that wasn't enough to quell the surge the Warriors responded with late.

Steph Curry had an 0-6 third quarter which allowed the Clippers to make their run in the first place, but the reigning MVP shook off his woes and nailed some key 3-pointers late to douse the Clippers hopes late in the fourth. Curry finished with 31 points.

Despite sitting out the majority of the third quarter with four fouls, Chris Paul led the Clippers with 24 points and nine assists. Blake Griffin chipped in 23 and 10, while J.J. Redick scored 13 points while going 3-4 from beyond the arc.

The matchup between the Clippers and Warriors was touted as the hottest rivalry in the NBA and was played to a national TV audience, but the only bad blood fans saw was a small skirmish that resulted in a double technical foul on Chris Paul and Draymond Green.

Also noteworthy tonight: DeAndre Jordan officially passed Elton Brand as the Clippers all-time leading rebounder with 4,711 career boards.

The Clippers will return home to face another foe, the Houston Rockets, on Saturday night. Clips Nation's full recap and analysis will be up shortly is up!