NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 41 32 36 23 132
LA Clippers 24 28 24 29 105
7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 PM MST9:30 PM EST6:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 PM CT1:30 , April 18, 2019
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 19,068

Warriors ready to respond to Clippers' challenge

According to STATS
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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

  1. The Clippers trailed by 31 points in the third quarter of Game 2 and came all the way back to win, 135-131. The only team since 2000 to complete a 31-point comeback in any game was the Kings on December 21, 2009 at Chicago (35-point comeback win).
  2. The Warriors' 131 points in Game 2 are their third-most in a playoff loss all-time. They went 40-for-45 from the free-throw line and 11-for-28 from three, becoming the first team in NBA history to lose a playoff game while making 40+ free throws and 10+ three pointers.
  3. Los Angeles put up 85 points in the second half of Game 2, the second-most points in the second half of a playoff game in NBA history behind Milwaukee's 87 points on April 23, 1978. It was the most second-half points allowed by the Warriors in any game since January 5, 1986 at Portland (86).
  4. Lou Williams scored 36 points off the bench in Game 2, becoming the third player in the last 30 seasons to score at least 36 points off the bench in a playoff game. The others are Golden State's Stephen Curry (40 in 2016 West Semis) and Nick Van Exel (36 in Game 2 and 40 in Game 3 of 2003 West Semis).
  5. Stephen Curry had 29 points on 5-of-11 three-point shooting in Game 2, his 42nd playoff game with at least five threes, most in NBA history. The next closest player is Ray Allen at 21 such games -- Curry has played in 79 fewer playoff games than Allen.
  6. Montrezl Harrell put up 25 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-9 shooting in Game 2. He is just the second player in the last 30 years to record at least 25 points and 10 rebounds without missing a shot in a playoff game, joining Houston's Nene Hilario on April 23, 2017 at OKC.
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Both teams have reason for optimism when the Western Conference first-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers moves to L.A. for Game 3 on Thursday night.

The eighth-seeded Clippers will be riding the momentum of the greatest comeback in their history and biggest ever in an NBA playoff game as they try to duplicate what they did in 2014 -- beat Golden State in a best-of-7 after losing the first game.

The top-seeded Warriors, meanwhile, have their in-state rivals right where they want them -- in Los Angeles, where Golden State has won eight of the last nine meetings.

"We have a lot of experience," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said of the two-time defending champions. "This is the first time we've been tied in a series (since Game 7 of last year's Western finals against Houston, which Golden State won). I know we'll bounce back. We're too prideful not to."

The Warriors will have to do so without center DeMarcus Cousins, who tore his left quad while attempting to chase down a loose ball early in Game 2. He is out for the season.

Before signing Cousins this past offseason, the Warriors won at least one playoff game in 19 consecutive series, an NBA record they share with the Miami Heat.

Golden State will get two opportunities to break that record this week, with Game 4 also scheduled for the Staples Center on Sunday.

The Game 2 loss, which snapped Golden State's seven-game postseason winning streak, was just the third in the first round for the Warriors in the past five seasons. They haven't lost twice against the same opponent in that stretch.

Then again, they've never faced a team that was coming off a 31-point comeback, either. That's what the Clippers did in Game 2, outscoring Golden State 72-37 after falling behind 94-63 in the fifth minute of the third quarter.

The Warriors have been unable to stop Lou Williams (61 total points) and Montrezl Harrell (51) in either game, but it was rookie Landry Shamet who hit the difference-making shot in Game 2, a 3-pointer that put the Clippers in front with 16.5 seconds remaining.

Win or lose, the Clippers have earned a spot in the NBA record book. But, according to coach Doc Rivers, they want more.

"That's not enough for us. We didn't come here for (just one win)," he insisted. "They have expectations. This team does. No one wants to agree with us, and that's fine. We're fine with that. But we have our own expectations and we're going to keep them."

The teams split games in Los Angeles during the regular season, with the Clippers winning 121-116 in overtime in November, before the Warriors prevailed 112-94 in January.

Golden State went 18-6 in the games immediately following a loss in the regular season. The Warriors won their last six under those circumstances by an average of 14.3 points.

The Clippers beat the Warriors at their own game in Game 2, recording a playoff franchise-record 34 assists.

Golden State led the NBA in assists during the regular season.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 18, 2019

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