Basketball: Warriors make stunning comeback to beat Clippers, improve to 13-0

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors goes to the basket under pressure from Jamaal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors goes to the basket under pressure from Jamaal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Golden State Warriors erased a 23-point first-half deficit to stretch their National Basketball Association (NBA) season-opening win streak to 13 games on Thursday with a 124-117 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The reigning NBA champions became just the fifth team in NBA history to open a season 13-0 and continued to close in on the record for the best start to a season of 15-0 - achieved by Washington in 1948-49 and the Houston Rockets in 1993-94.

But it was a close-run win, as the pumped up Clippers raced to a big lead over their Pacific Division rivals, led by point guard Chris Paul.

Paul, back in action after being sidelined by a groin strain, made his first seven shots, including three from three-point range.

He finished the game with 35 points and eight assists in 32 minutes on the floor.

But Golden State, who trailed 55-32 early in the second quarter, battled back, with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry scoring 13 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 91-85 going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors shot 73.3 per cent from the field in the final period. taking a 116-115 lead with less than two minutes to play and never relinquishing it.