He is Kevin Durant, and the Los Angeles Clippers were given reminded of it.
Durant scored 38 issues, Stephen Curry added 21 taking part in with 5 fouls, and the Golden State Warriors ruled from the hole tip to win 132-105 Thursday night time and take a 2-1 lead of their first-round playoff collection.
“He got here out super-aggressive, in kill mode,” teammate Draymond Inexperienced mentioned of Durant. “That used to be all of the distinction for us. We took keep an eye on of the sport proper there within the first quarter and not misplaced keep an eye on of it.”
The Warriors started the sport on a 22-Nine tear and went directly to shoot 73% from the ground within the first, taking the group out of it early.
Durant used to be best, making all 5 of his box targets and each loose throws for 12 issues. He and Curry picked up two fouls each and every, however the Warriors nonetheless constructed a 19-point lead.
“Trainer referred to as a pair extra performs for me to start out the sport,” Durant mentioned.
Sport four is Sunday at Staples Heart.
Kevon Looney, once more filling in for injured DeMarcus Cousins, shot four for four within the first, dunking thrice in a row.
Durant had 27 issues at halftime in spite of now not creating a Three-pointer.
Golden State trainer Steve Kerr had mentioned he sought after Durant taking pictures a lot more than the 8 instances he did in Sport 2. When relayed his trainer’s remark previous within the week, Durant answered, “I do not play like that. I am Kevin Durant. who I’m.”
The Clippers received Sport 2 at the street after trailing by way of 31 issues within the 3rd quarter, shocking the Warriors with the most important comeback in NBA playoff historical past.
However they could not to find the basket this time, taking pictures 37% from the ground.
“They dissected us,” Clippers trainer Document Rivers mentioned. “You more or less felt they have been going to come back in and throw a punch, and we simply did not reply.”
The Clippers’ simplest starter in double figures used to be rookie Ivica Zubac, who completed with 18 issues after taking part in lots of the fourth. Patrick Beverley, a defensive pest in Sport 2, used to be restricted to 6 issues, 4 fouls, one rebound and no assists in 18 mins.
Lou Williams had 16 issues, and Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Inexperienced added 15 each and every off the bench.
Los Angeles by no means led and failed to place in combination any more or less sustained run.
“We simply were given our (rear) kicked,” Williams mentioned. “That is it.”
Golden State’s largest run got here within the 3rd on the identical time Curry used to be whistled for his fourth foul. The Warriors scored 14 directly issues to steer 88-57. Durant and Inexperienced were given hit with offsetting technicals all through the spurt. Durant laughed it off and sank a jumper from the left nook seconds later.
The Warriors prolonged the margin to 35 on Alfonzo McKinnie’s Three-pointer overdue within the length.
Warriors: They managed the forums, 50-43, led by way of Andrew Bogut with 14. … That they had 35 assists.
Clippers: Kentucky trainer John Calipari sat in the second one row to improve his former participant Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who completed with seven issues. … Floyd Mayweather, Meek Mill, Scottie Pippen and Sheila E. together with her dad Pete Escovedo have been within the crowd.
HE SAID IT
“I took a bit of holiday in the second one part.” — Curry on his foul bother.
CASH AND CARRY
The $2,000 that Rivers dropped in the street in San Francisco previous within the week used to be his in line with diem whilst at the street. A person picked up the dough and stuck as much as Rivers to go back it.
“They come up with money at the present time,” the trainer mentioned. “Possibly we want to return the wrong way.”
Sport four is Sunday in Los Angeles.
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