Kevin Durant scored 38 of his play-off career-high 50 points in the first half and Draymond Green had a triple-double as the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 129-110 Friday night to win their first-round series 4-2.
The Warriors advanced to the Western Conference semi-finals and will face the Houston Rockets in a rematch of last year’s conference finals. That’s when Houston let a 3-2 lead slip away and the Warriors went on to win their second straight NBA championship.
Golden State found themselves in the unfamiliar position of trying to win a third road game in a play-off series for the first time in franchise history. Durant set the tone with his 38 points that tied for the second-most points in a half in a play-off game.
He was 12 of 17 from the floor, made all 10 of his free throws and sank four three-pointers in leading the Warriors to a 72-53 advantage.
Durant had a vicious block of Danilo Gallinari in the fourth that left both of them on the floor. On the Warriors’ next possession, Durant converted a three-point play.
The Clippers fought off elimination with a 129-121 win on the Warriors’ home floor in Game Five, but aside from a game-opening burst and another to start the second half they couldn’t make a stand in front of their own crowd at STAPLES Center.