LOS ANGELES -- The Warriors saw their season come to an end as the Los Angeles Clippers exposed their most glaring, series-long weakness.

Lob City reappeared when it counted most with the Clippers using their major advantage inside in crunchtime in Game 7 to claim a 126-121 win against the Warriors to move on to the Western Conference semifinals.

"It stings right now," Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.

With the injury-plagued Warriors needing a stop late, DeAndre Jordan made an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Blake Griffin to give the Clippers a 120-115 lead with 22.3 seconds left.

It was one of many close-to-the-basket shots the athletic Clippers made with less than two minutes left, breaking through against the Warriors, who played a small lineup by necessity. The No. 6-seeded Warriors were missing injured center Andrew Bogut all series and only got three minutes out of banged-up big man Jermaine O'Neal in Game 7.

Bad breaks or not, the self-described "no-excuse" Warriors after a 51-win regular season under embattled coach Mark Jackson saw their playoff run end in the first round.

"Nobody's 100 percent, so (Bogut playing) could have been helpful, but I think other guys stepped up," the Warriors' Draymond Green said.

The Warriors fought, with some saying throughout the series it was for Jackson. Curry scored a game-high 33 points, but the Clippers had too many weapons in a back-and-forth affair befitting of the Warriors' first Game 7 in 37 years.

Griffin finished with 24 points while Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford added 22 apiece. Jordan dominated once again with 15 points and 18 rebounds.

With 1:54 left, Griffin threw down a dunk off a lob from J.J. Redick after Curry had his shot blocked on the other end.

"I thought that was the single biggest play of the game," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Jordan's block.

With 56 seconds left, Griffin scored on an improbable layup as he was being fouled by Harrison Barnes to give the Clippers a 116-111 lead.

"They got what they wanted out of every possession, which is key in the last five minutes of the game," the Warriors' Andre Iguodala said.

Green had 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting before fouling out. Klay Thompson scored 15 points, and Iguodala added 14, but it wasn't enough even after Iguodala banked in a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 107-106 lead.

"They had injuries; (Jackson) got his guys to compete," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

So did Rivers, who weathered the Donald Sterling storm and was left excitedly high-fiving fans after the game. Paul played through his ailments and did it with distinction, dishing out 14 assists. In the fourth, he hit a 3-pointer, won a jump ball on a bad hamstring and on the other end made a layup to give the Clippers a 103-96 lead.

The Warriors committed 18 turnovers that were turned into 24 points for the Clippers.

Marreese Speights came off the bench to added 10 points with the Warriors needing production in the paint.

Another substitute, Jordan Crawford, got an opportunity to start the fourth quarter on the court and drained a 3-pointer to give Golden State a 92-89 lead. He later had a tip-in to make it 94-91 Warriors.

"We left it out on the court tonight and throughout the season," said Warriors forward David Lee, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Warriors trailed 87-84 heading into the fourth quarter after the Clippers grabbed control of the game in the third.

The Clippers clawed their way back from an eight-point deficit at halftime to take a 75-72 lead in the third after going on a 12-2 run.

The Warriors led 64-56 at halftime after they caught fire from 3-point range and connected on 9 of 13 attempts before heading into the locker room.

Curry hit one with 10.8 seconds left in the second quarter while being fouled by Paul and completed the 4-point play.

The Warriors led by as many as 12 points at the start of the second. What kept the Clippers in the game were nine Warriors turnovers in the first half.

The Warriors led 32-22 after the first quarter, with Green scoring 10 of his points and hitting two 3-pointers. He finished the half with 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting.

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