Series Update – Golden State Warriors closed out the series against the Los Angeles Clippers 129-110 on Friday night to win their first round playoff 4-2.
Kevin Durant scored a playoff career-high 50 points for the Warriors, with 38 of his points in the first half. Steph Curry added 24 points and Draymond Green had 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Danilo Gallinari led the Clippers with 29 points, with rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander adding 22.
The Warriors advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, where they will meet the Houston Rockets in a rematch of last year’s conference finals. The first game takes place on Sunday.
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Game 6 Update – The Los Angeles Clippers kept their first-round series with the two-time defending champions, Golden State Warriors, alive with a 129-121 win in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
The Warriors still lead 3-2 in the series but, despite Kevin Durant’s playoff career-high 45 points, were lacking defensively. Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thompson added 22.
Lou Williams finished with 33 points and 10 assists, while Danilo Gallinari added 26 points and seven rebounds and Montreal Harrell had 24 points, as the eighth-seeded Clippers refused to follow the script and throw in the towel.
Game 6 is Friday back in Los Angeles.
Game 5 Update – The Golden State Warriors secured a 113-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday to give the Warriors a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Kevin Durant scored 33 points, with Klay Thompson adding a further 32 for the Warriors.
Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Clippers with a career-high 25 points.
JaMychal Green started in place of rookie Ivica Zubac for the Clippers.
The two-time defending champions could close out the series with a win in front of their own fans in Game 5 on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Game 4 Update – The Golden State Warriors regained the initiative in their Round 1 playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers with a 132-105 win in Game 3, to put them 2-1 ahead in the series overall.
Kevin Durant scored 38 points for the Warriors as they dominated from the opening tip to take the crowd out of it. The Clippers never led at any point, as the Warriors shot 73% from the floor in the first period to lead 41-24.
Rookie Ivica Zubac finished with 18 points for the Clippers, while Lou Williams had 16 points, and Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green added 15 each off the bench.
Game 4 takes place on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Game 3 Update – Los Angeles Clippers pulled off a remarkable 135-131 on the road at the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, despite having trailed by as many as 31 points at one stage in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series. The series is now level at 1-1.
The turnaround was the biggest postseason comeback in NBA history, while the 85 points that the Clippers scored in the 2nd half was the second-most in the 2nd half of a playoff game in NBA history.
The Warriors are also fearful that All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn left quad, although they won’t be certain until an MRI examination on Tuesday.
Game 2 Update – Defending champions and top-seeds Golden State Warriors eased to a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in their playoff opener on Saturday night, with Stephen Curry scoring 38 points and making eight 3-pointers for the Warriors to give him the most in postseason history (passing Ray Allen for career postseason 3s with 386).
Kevin Durant (GSW) and Patrick Beverley (LAC) were ejected by official Ed Malloy with 4:41 to go when they both became enraged, just 19 seconds after they received double-technicals when Durant stripped Beverley and the Clippers guard fell into the scorer’s table.
Golden State Warriors (57-25): Everyone knows that the road to the NBA Finals goes through the Warriors. They have gone to the Finals for the last four years, winning three. With a roster that hasn’t lost any of the important pieces, there is no reason to think they can’t get there again.
Of course, this season hasn’t been as clean as the others. They have had some internal strife, had to deal with a couple of slumps, and a few injuries. As a result, they will finish the season with more losses than they ever have since Steve Kerr became the head coach.
But they are still the Golden State Warriors. They have a starting five made up of All-Stars and future Hall of Famers. They have the second-best offense in the NBA (117.7 points/game) and they 11th best defense (108.3). It will be hard for anyone to take them in a best of seven series.
Los Angeles Clippers (48-34): After jettisoning their name talent over the last couple of years, the expectations were low for the Los Angeles Clippers entering the 2018-19 season. But head coach Doc Rivers has managed to put together a pretty decent team.
They are one of the top five offensive teams in the NBA with close to 115 points/game this season. But where they have struggled is on the defensive end of the court (110.2 rating; 19th). Over the last month, they have stepped up their offensive game (118 points/game; 3rd). But they failed to do noticeably better on defense (110.8; 17th).
If they are going to have any shot at upsetting one of the better teams in the NBA in the first round, they are going to have to find a way to play better defense while not losing a step on offense.