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CP3 recalls favorite game vs. Warriors, lesson he learned

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Over the span of his 15-year NBA career, Chris Paul has plenty of standout moments.

That includes memories against the Warriors, as the 10-time NBA All-Star recalled his favorite game against Golden State in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Dorell Wright that will air on "Warriors Pregame Live" on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Paul has faced off against the Warriors 47 times in the regular season throughout his career, but his top game against them came in the playoffs, when Paul was a star player in a stacked Los Angeles Clippers squad. More specifically, it came in 2014, in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series. 

The contest was nothing short of a down-to-the-wire thriller, with the Clippers holding on to beat the Warriors, 126-121, just one week after their previous owner Donald Sterling was banned from the league for life. The outcome or the emotion isn't what Paul remembers about the game, however. Instead, he remembers the motivation he received from a teammate -- and former Warriors assistant coach -- at halftime, and how that has influenced his career now as a veteran.

"I had a slow first half," Paul said. "All these games, experiences, they just teach you what it’s like to be a team. For me now as a vet, I always say, coaches and GMs always look at the stars and how they’re going to motivate the other guys.

 

"Willie Green’s locker was next to mine. [He] came over to me and was like, 'Yo, C. You’re on some bull. You need to be more aggressive.'

"I’ll never forget it," Paul added. "Second half I went out and got off. It’s because Willie came to me and talked to me."

Paul finished with 22 points, as LA bounced the Warriors from the playoffs -- despite a game-high 33-point performance from Steph Curry.

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Even now, as Paul embarks on a new chapter of his career with the Phoenix Suns, he still remembers the impact Green, now an assistant with the Suns, left. 

"Everybody is always worried about the stars," Paul said. "But a lot of the time, the stars need people they respect on the bench who are going to get them going."

Although Paul has faced the Warriors plenty in his career, Thursday will serve as the first time he'll see them this season. Golden State is slated to play the Suns at 7:00 p.m. PT at Phoenix Suns Arena.

Expect Paul to be motivated for that contest, regardless of where it stems from.

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