Steve Kerr preached to the Golden State Warriors to not “take the bait.”
The bait being Patrick Beverley.
Stephen Curry scored 38 factors and made eight 3-pointers to present him essentially the most in postseason historical past, and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors started their quest for a three-peat by operating away from the pissed off Los Angeles Clippers for a 121-104 victory of their playoff opener Saturday on an evening tempers flared.
Kevin Durant and Beverley have been ejected with 4:41 to go, simply 19 seconds after they obtained double-technicals when Durant stripped Beverley and the Clippers guard fell into the scorer’s desk. They each grew to become enraged once more and official Ed Malloy instantly despatched them each to the locker room. Durant high-fived followers as he exited and the house crowd went into chants of “Beat L.A.!”
Durant stated Beverley has a “completely different kind of grit” coming from Chicago.
“You already know what he’ll convey to the desk, simply the physicality, mucking up the sport just a little bit along with his physicality, his speaking, every little thing. That is what he brings to every group he performs on. That is his id,” Durant stated. “For me, I do know that coming into the sequence. I believed it was enjoyable tonight.”
Like Durant, Beverley stated he had enjoyable.
“I bought pushed, I bought up and I bought ejected. I assume the refs, I assume he noticed one thing that I do not know,” he stated. “However that is all proper. I give them numerous credit score.”
Maybe this outdated, heated rivalry nonetheless has all of the testiness of years previous — simply with new faces throughout.
“Pat’s going to speak, and that is authorized,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers stated.
Curry shot eight for 12 from deep to go Ray Allen (385) for profession postseason 3s with 386, had a postseason career-high 15 rebounds, seven assists and the 31st 30-point postseason efficiency of his profession.
“To be in the identical class and to go a man like Ray Allen and all the long-lasting moments he is had in playoff video games and finals video games, it is fairly surreal,” Curry stated. “Undoubtedly honored and grateful for these alternatives. I at all times joked, if I shoot numerous 3s I higher make numerous them.”
On considered one of his marvelous 3s, the two-time MVP knocked one down from manner again late within the third, almost did the splits within the air and landed on his again aspect — nonetheless smiling all of the whereas.
These groups are assembly for simply the second time within the postseason after the Clippers took a seven-game sequence within the first spherical in 2014 when the California franchises had a deep dislike for one another.
Recreation 2 is Monday night time again at Oracle Enviornment.
Draymond Inexperienced bought Golden State going by making all 5 of his pictures within the first quarter on the best way to 17 factors to go along with seven assists and 7 rebounds, whereas Durant scored 23 factors because the Warriors ran their postseason successful streak to seven video games.
Montrezl Harrell scored 26 factors and fellow reserve Lou Williams contributed 25 factors and 9 assists as Los Angeles returned to the playoffs after lacking final season following six straight appearances.
Beverley, who missed final Sunday’s 131-104 loss at Oracle due to a proper hip pointer and was booed throughout pregame introductions, did not rating within the first half and wound up with three factors on 1-for-7 capturing, seven assists and 7 rebounds.
He and Durant obtained double-technicals with 5 minutes left earlier than they bought into it once more.
“We took the bait. He took the bait. That is two technicals. You get seven technicals. Your seventh one is a suspension within the playoffs,” Kerr stated. “He is bought 4 to play with after one recreation. That is what Beverley does. … You can not take the bait. That is a nasty commerce for us. The Clippers have made numerous good trades this 12 months. That could be their greatest.”
The Clippers misplaced their cool on a few events, and that damage taking part in in an already tough highway enviornment.
Danilo Gallinari’s technical within the closing minute of the second solely additional fueled the house crowd, and Curry capitalized because the Warriors ran to a 69-56 halftime benefit.
“Curry has destroyed us all 12 months,” Rivers stated.
DeMarcus Cousins fouled out with 7:16 left after scoring 9 factors in his playoff following a nine-year wait and almost yearlong comeback from final January’s devastating torn left Achilles tendon that required surgical procedure.
Cousins, who performed his first recreation of the season Jan. 18 on the Clippers, had 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
Kerr challenged the Warriors — to not point out himself with a self-acknowledged mood — to be extra disciplined yelling on the officers. Inexperienced was knocked down by Beverley on a no-call early and argued however averted a technical.
“Followers want to grasp, it would not be potential to officiate the video games the very same manner within the playoffs because the common season. The video games would take 4 hours,” Kerr stated.
The Clippers had their very own pricey moments arguing.
Williams and Rivers additionally have been heated late within the first half about no fouls being referred to as.
Rivers obtained a technical leaving the courtroom at halftime and Klay Thompson shot a free throw earlier than the third quarter started.
“All I need is consistency. That is what I bought a tech for at halftime,” Rivers stated, noting Gallinari stated nothing offensive to deserve a technical.
Clippers: The Clippers have been 2 of 10 from deep within the first half, once they had solely 13 assists. … Los Angeles, which has misplaced 4 straight on the Warriors’ house flooring, was outrebounded 53-40.
Warriors: Curry notched his fifth profession double-digit postseason rebounding recreation. … Durant (3,679) handed Dirk Nowitzki (3,663) for 15th place on the profession playoff scoring listing. … The Warriors have gained seven straight postseason Recreation 1s and 14 of 15 openers in all — going 16-1 of their first recreation of a sequence courting to the 2014-15 season.