LOS ANGELES – There was no single second or anything remotely resembling mercy this time.
Still stinging from blowing a 31-point lead in release Game 2, the Warriors came out for Game 3 Thursday and jumped the Clippers from the opening tip and never let up, sprinting to 132-105 victory at Staples Center.
Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Kevin Durant's 38 points in just under 30 minutes.
The Warriors looked practically invincible from start to finish. Their response to going up 31 in the midway through the third quarter of this time was to push the lead to 33 in the fourth.
win (20) and gives the Warriors a 2-1 series lead:
Durant imposes his will
There was some curiosity about how Kevin Durant would respond after coach Steve Kerr made a plea for more assertive offense. Well, KD went after the Clippers as if they'd violated his status while insulting five generations of family and friends.
He was productive, scoring 38 points ̵
KD putting on a show 19 pic.twitter.com/bGNvAv8vrj
– Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 19, 2019
Moreover , Consistently showed additional attributes of leadership, such as trying (but failing) to pull Shaun Livingston away from referee Jason Phillips before a technical foul was assessed and celebrated demonstratively with Klay Thompson after Klay threw down a ferocious dunk in the second quarter. 19659003] This was the KD the Warriors wanted, and they got him. All of him
The defense never rested
The warriors were hyperactive at both ends, but their defense was particularly nasty for the bulk of the game, limiting the clippers to 35 percent shooting in the first half and 37.2 percent.
Furthermore, through three quarters, the Warriors' regular rotation harassed LA into 12 turnovers, off which they scored 20 points.
Even as whistles were coming – 28 fouls against the Warriors, 25 against LA, 53 total – the Warriors maintained their intensity. Lou Williams chief nemesis, the Game 2 hero with 36 points, managed 16 on 4-of-11 shooting. Another scoring threat, Danilo Gallinari, scored nine on 2-of-13 shooting.
Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green had solid games, but they are not enough to beat the Warriors on any night, certainly not this one.
No gifts this time
The Warriors committed 21 turnovers in Game 1 and won to do better in Game 2.
They then went out and delivered 22 gifts to the Clippers. LA scored 49 points off in the first two games
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The third time evidently is the charm, as prior to a garbage-time fourth quarter, the Warriors committed seven turnovers, off which LA scored seven points. They totaled 12 turnovers in all, giving the Clippers 15 points.
No Warrior committed more than Durant's five. Given his comprehensive contributions on this night, he earned a pass.