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Clippers 82, Warriors 78

December 19, 1997

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Brent Barry scored 17 points in the first quarter and Lamond Murray made four free throws in the final 17 seconds Thursday night to preserve the Los Angeles Clippers’ 82-78 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors, who trailed by 20 after the first quarter, came back to make the game closer much of the rest of the way.

Golden State pulled within 69-68 with 5:54 remaining, but eight points by Murray helped keep the Clippers in front.

Barry finished with 23 points, while Murray had 19 as the Clippers ended a four-game losing slump.

Lorenzen Wright had 17 rebounds and 13 points for Los Angeles.

Joe Smith scored 19 for Golden State. Tony Delk added 14 points and Muggsy Bogues 12 for the Warriors.

Barry shot a perfect 7-for-7 in the first quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Clippers rolled out to a 33-13 lead.

The second quarter, however, was almost mirror image of the first with Los Angeles getting just 10 points while the Warriors had 26 to narrow the gap to 43-39 at halftime.

Los Angeles came back to lead 60-47 with 3:45 left in the third quarter before Golden State again rallied to close within a point midway through the final quarter.

Smith scored off a rebound with five seconds remaining to put the Warriors within 80-78.

Murray was fouled after the inbounds pass and made both free throws with 3.4 seconds left. Earlier, he made both his free throws to give the Clippers an 80-76 lead.

Notes: Golden State forward Donyell Marshall left the game after he fell hard on his back trying to block a shot five minutes into the first quarter. Marshall had X-rays, which were negative, but he was diagnosed as having a strained hamstring and sprained lower back. His status will be day-to-day. ... After hitting all seven of his shots in the first quarter, Barry missed his next six attempts before connecting on a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

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