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Kevin Durant fires for 33 points as Golden State Warriors take 3-1 series lead over LA Clippers

Watch Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State Warriors Game 5 live on Sky Sports Arena in the early hours of Thursday morning (3:30am)

Monday 22 April 2019 07:35, UK

Kevin Durant contests a rebound with Danilo Gallinari 2:31
Highlights from Game 4 of the first-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points as the visiting Golden State Warriors held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-105 in Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round series on Sunday.

Game leaders

Golden State Warriors

  • Points: Kevin Durant - 33
  • Assists: Stephen Curry - 7
  • Rebounds: Bogut/Curry - 10

 

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Points: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - 25
  • Assists: Patrick Beverley - 5
  • Rebounds: Patrick Beverley - 10

Warriors lead series 3-1

Playoff Picture: How things stand

Playoff Picture: How things stand

How do the eight first-round series currently stand?

After winning both games in Los Angeles, the Warriors own a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5.

Klay Thompson scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half for the Warriors. Stephen Curry shot 3-for-14, including 1-for-9 from three-point range, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Kevin Durant questions a call en route to a game-high 33 points
Image: Kevin Durant questions a call en route to a game-high 33 points

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a season-high 25 points for the Clippers. Danilo Gallinari scored 16 after a scoreless first quarter, Patrick Beverley had 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, and Lou Williams scored 12 off the bench for Los Angeles.

The Warriors received strong contributions off the bench from Andre Iguodala, Alfonzo McKinnie and Shaun Livingston in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, helping expand a three-point lead to 100-91 with 7:05 left in the game.

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Curry checked back in with 5:50 remaining and Golden State leading by six points, and the Clippers never got any closer.

The Clippers had taken their biggest lead of the series at 82-77 on a fast-break dunk by Montrezl Harrell with 3:57 left in the third quarter, but the Warriors outscored Los Angeles 10-2 the remainder of the quarter to take an 87-84 lead into the fourth.

Klay Thompson celebrates en route to 27 first-half points against the Clippers in Game 3
Image: Klay Thompson celebrates en route to 27 first-half points against the Clippers

Curry made his first basket of the game on driving lay-up to stretch the lead to 46-40 with 5:59 left in the first half.

The Warriors stretched their lead back to 10 on two occasions in the second quarter before Durant's four-point play with 2.5 seconds left in the half made it 62-54 at the break.

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Gilgeous-Alexander scored 14 of the first 20 points for the Clippers, and Thompson made his first seven field-goal attempts and scored 17 of the first 28 points for Golden State.

The Warriors scored the final 12 points of the first quarter to take a 32-22 lead into the second. Golden State has led by at least eight points after the first quarter in every game of the series.

Game 5 takes place at Oracle Arena, Oakland, in the early hours of Thursday (3:30am) - watch live on Sky Sports Arena.

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