Kevin Durant Posts 50-Point Game in KD12s to Put Away Clippers

Kevin Durant Posts 50-Point Game in KD12s to Put Away Clippers

The back-to-back defending champs get another opportunity to reveal themselves Friday night at Staples Center, where they face LA in Game 6 of their National Basketball Association playoff first-round series.

The two teams met in the Western Conference finals last season, with the Warriors prevailing in a seven games.

The Warriors, who clinched the first-round series 4-2, advance to face the Houston Rockets, beginning today in Oakland. Assuming the Warriors play with focus and intensity the whole time, they get the slight edge - but it certainly won't be easy.

"They are a talented ball club with a lot of high-IQ players that shoot well and penetrate well, so we got our work cut out for us", he said.

Now back in Los Angeles for Game 6, the Warriors are hoping their road magic continues.

In the last four games, he averaged 42 points on 55 percent shooting, and at times was a singular force against the stubborn Clippers.

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"Ralph never speaks to me before the game when I'm on the floor, and he walked up to me, first time ever, and said, 'Coach, I've had too many people congratulate me on my career and say good luck, like tonight is the end of Ralph".

Stephen Curry added 24 points and Green had 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his fifth career playoff triple-double, despite five fouls. Klay Thompson, as is his pattern, went ballistic for one game, then was rather tame by comparison in the others.

Gallinari led the Clippers with 29 points and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22.

Not only do they have an energetic starting five, but reserves Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are two of their most unsafe players. "I wouldn't say s-tty but more so a little more relaxed than we were to start the game". "He said, 'Hi. I'm John Havlicek.' Like I didn't know".

Warriors: Durant tied Phoenix's Charles Barkley, who scored 38 in a half against Golden State on May 4, 1994, in a first-round series. He retires after 40 years with the team and 60 years in the business.

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