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Clippers claiim series lead

Los Angeles Clippers saw off Golden State Warriors 98-96 in Game Three of their first-round play-off series on Thursday night.

The third-seeded Clippers had crushed Golden State 138-98 on Monday night to even the best of seven series and they backed that up with a narrow win at the ORACLE Arena in Oakland to take a 2-1 lead.

Elsewhere, Memphis Grizzlies edged out Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 to take a 2-1 lead in their series, as Mike Conley lead their charge with 20 points.

In the other play-off match, Atlanta Hawks claimed a 98-85 win over top seeds Indiana Pacers to seize a 2-1 series lead.