Los Angeles: Kevin Durant scored 38 points as the Golden State Warriors made sure they didn’t blow another big lead by routing the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 in game three of their playoff series on Thursday.
The Warriors ensured there was no repeat of Game Two, where they squandered a 31-point lead in the second half, allowing the Clippers to engineer the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history.
Golden State compiled another huge lead at almost the identical part of Thursday’s game by taking a 88-57 lead with 7:10 left in the third quarter. Durant made sure the outcome was different this time. He finished 14-for-23 from the floor and was just five points shy of his playoff career high despite playing only 29 minutes.
After taking just 24 shots and totaling 44 points in the first two games of the series, Durant came out blazing in Game Three.
Now down 1-2, the Clippers also will host Game Four in the best-of-seven set on Sunday.
Stephen Curry, who battled foul trouble most of the night, supported Durant with 21 points. Lou Williams, who led the greatest comeback in playoff history with 36 points in game two, was held to just 16 points....