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The number one seed in the Western Conference were able to take care of business in the first game of their first round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. Steph Curry led all scorers with 38 points. Steph had a typical pure shooting night on Saturday, hitting eight of 12 three pointers, shooting 66% from three.
The performance from Steph was needed for the Warriors. Kevin Durant and and Klay Thompson combined for 35 points between the two of them, which is 15 points less than what the pair usually put up. Durant seemed to be put off by Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. The smaller Beverley, who is known for his chippy play and talkative style, was often seen guarding Durant with a physical, aggressive style. Durant and Beverley were eventually both ejected from the game after multiple run-in’s with each other causing the officials to step in.
The Clippers won’t have many positives to take away from Saturday’s performance. One plus was the performance of the LA bench. Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams both played well for LA off the bench. Harrell scored 26 and Williams scored 25 as the Clippers bench produced a solid 65 points.
The home win was the perfect start for the Warriors, who were the only team in the playoffs to avoid a Game 1 upset defeat. The 76ers, Nuggets, and Raptors all dropped their Game 1’s to lower ranked teams. Golden State will play Game 2 at home on Monday, looking to take a convincing 2-0 series lead into LA for Game 3.