May 20, 2019

N.B.A. Playoffs: Kevin Durant Leads Warriors to 3-1 Series Lead

N.B.A. Playoffs: Kevin Durant Leads Warriors to 3-1 Series Lead


LOS ANGELES — A little scoreboard watching inspired Klay Thompson and Golden State. Seeing Houston up, 3-0, on Utah combined with having dropped a game at home, the Warriors got back to business.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Thompson added 32, and the Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 113-105, on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

“We came in with that mind set to put our foot on the throttle and not let go,” Thompson said. “We let go in Game 2 and we won’t do that the rest of the playoffs. I really believe that.”

Stephen Curry was in foul trouble for the second straight game and finished with 12 points for Golden State, the two-time-defending champion. Andrew Bogut fouled out with 5 minutes 50 seconds remaining in the game with 8 points and 10 rebounds.

The Warriors, who will host Game 5 on Wednesday, were 17 of 19 from the free-throw line. They controlled the boards, 49-33, led by Curry and Bogut with 10 rebounds apiece.

“The rebounding really hurt us again,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “Right now, they are crushing us on the glass.”

Coming off a 27-point loss in Game 3, the Clippers played tougher defensively and hung in after trailing by 11 in the second quarter.

They outscored Golden State, 30-25, in the third quarter when they rallied to take a 5-point lead. But Curry scored 7 of the Warriors’ final 10 points to send them into the fourth ahead by 87-84.

The Clippers narrowed it to 87-86 early in the fourth, but Thompson sank his sixth 3-pointer and the Clippers never got close the rest of the way.

The rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Clippers with a career-high 25 points. Danilo Gallinari added 16 points but was just 5 of 20 from the field. Patrick Beverley had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The supersubs Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell were held to 12 and 10 points for the Clippers. They were limited to a combined 8 points in the second half.

After a quiet 12 points in Game 3, Thompson broke out for 27 points by halftime. He hit 6-of-9 3-pointers in the game.

The Clippers opened the second on a 13-3 run to tie it 35-35, but Thompson made two free throws to put the Warriors ahead by 10 later in the quarter.



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