Not This Time! Comeback Clippers Get Walloped by Warriors, 132-105, in Game 3

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The Warriors knew the truth about Game 2.

They should never have lost.

If not for the greatest comeback in NBA postseason history, the Warriors would be up 3-0, and on the precipice of a first-round sweep of the Los Angeles Clippers.

So when the Warriors went up by 31 points with 7:10 left in the third quarter on Thursday, the same lead they lost in Game 2, this time, they kept their foot on the gas.

Kevin Durant had 38 points and the Golden State Warriors walloped the Los Angeles Clippers, 132-105, in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series at Staples Center.

The Warriors have taken a commanding lead in each and every game of the series.

They led by 19 points in Game 1, 31 points in Game 2, and by as many as 36 points in Game 3.

If not for a lack of defensive focus in the fourth quarter of Game 2, the Warriors and Clippers matchup would look more like a varsity team taking it to their JV counterpart.

“The game got away from us the other night, everybody knows that,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “We just had to keep the same mentality and same defensive focus. We have to play the full 48-minutes.”

Stephen Curry added 21 points, and the Warriors set the tone early with 41 points in the first quarter, as they led wire-to-wire for the easy win in Game 3.

A win on Easter Sunday, and the Warriors can send the Clippers to the brink of elimination, and close out the series at Oracle next Wednesday.

Before the game, Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers said he still had nightmares that his team was down by 31 points in Game 2. He admitted that if they went down 31 again in Game 3, it wasn’t going to turn out as well.

He was right. 

With the Warriors more focused on not making the same mistake twice, the Clippers come back fell well short of the miraculous victory they stole in Game 2.

Lou Williams only had 16 points and Montrezl Harrell finished with 15. No Clippers starter scored in double figures.

The Warriors outplayed the Clippers in nearly every facet of the game. They outrebounded the Clippers 50-43, had more assists 35-to-21, and had 11 blocks, compared to just two for L.A.

After struggling from the field in the fourth quarter of Game 2, the Warriors shot 55 percent from the field in Game 3, and a scorching, 43 percent from beyond the arc.


Game 4 is set for Easter Sunday at 12:30PM PT.

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