It's hard enough to beat the Warriors when Steph Curry is going thermonuclear on you. If you ask Paul George, it's even harder to leave Chase Center with a win when you can't get to the free-throw line.
The Los Angeles Clippers star didn't get to the charity stripe Thursday when the Warriors eked out a 115-113 win behind Curry's 45-point explosion. After the loss, George was asked what he has to do to create more contact and get to the free-throw line, and George responded by calling out the officials for the free-throw disparity.
"Draymond got nine of them," George said with disgust. "So, I don't know what he did that I wasn't doing. You know, I drove the ball more than he did to the paint. Took more contact than he did going to the paint. I don't know how he gets rewarded with nine of them. It's just crazy. You get T'd up. I'm getting hit, I'm getting smacked in the face. I shot a three and I get smacked in the elbow. That is just crazy to me. But it's nothing new. I just got to do a better job of staying within the game. It is what it is. They going to do what they do.
The technical foul George was referring to came in the second quarter when he yelled "And one!" at referee Zach Zarba after being hit in the head on a drive.
George scored 29 points of 12-of-23 from the field, but did not get to the line.
Curry's flamethrower night saved the Warriors from what could have been a disastrous loss in their home-opener. The Warriors led by 19 in the second quarter, but turnovers and mental errors allowed the Clippers to quickly erase the deficit and take a one-point lead into halftime.
But Curry wouldn't let the Warriors fall. With Golden State trailing by one with a minute to play, Curry splashed a 27-foot 3-pointer to put the Warriors up by two. After George missed a corner 3-pointer on the other end, Andre Iguodala found Green for a layup to stretch the lead to four with 12 seconds left and secure the win.
The Warriors have opened the season with wins over the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. They'll take the court again Sunday in Sacramento against the Kings, while George will hope the whistle goes his way Saturday when the Clippers face the Memphis Grizzlies.