Festus Ezeli almost got Mozgov-ed early in the first quarter of the Clippers-Warriors game on Wednesday night. But he wasn’t trying to hear that noise. Blake Griffin got a nice little pocket-pass from Chris Paul on the pick-and-roll and looked for a split-second like he was going to get an #RIP dunk over Ezeli. That is until Ezeli quickly rotated over to the help-side to emphatically deny him at the rim.
It was a hotly-contested matchup from the opening tip that featured 11 lead changes and fives ties in the opening quarter. Stephen Curry picked up two quick fouls early and had to sit out most of the opening period. He was limited to less than three minutes total in the first quarter, but the Warriors were still able to carry a 31-27 lead into the second quarter behind a solid all-around effort from the rest of the starters.
Griffin was just 2-of-6 to start the game, but teammate DeAndre Jordan picked up the slack with eight points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field, all but one of those shots being dunks. The Warriors, normally a lights-out three-point shooting team, were held to just 1-of-6 shooting from behind-the-arc to start the game.