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Curry: 'No panic' despite Warriors' loss, sending series back L.A.

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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

  1. The Clippers took Game 5, 129-121, becoming the first team to win multiple first-round games against the Warriors under Steve Kerr. It was the third time that Golden State lost a potential series-clinching game at home since 2014-15, with the other two coming in Games 5 and 7 of the 2016 Finals.
  2. Golden State is 8-4 in potential closeout games on the road under Kerr while the Clippers are 6-4 at home when facing elimination since their move to LA in 1984-85. They have alternated wins and losses in each of their last eight such contests, most recently falling to Jazz in Game 7 of the first round in 2017.
  3. Los Angeles shot 56.5 percent from the field in its Game 2 victory and 54.1 percent on Wednesday while shooting 40.0 percent in Game 1, 37.2 percent in Game 3 and 42.5 percent in Game 4. Since the 2016 playoffs, LA is 7-0 when shooting at least 45.0 percent on field goals compared to 0-11 otherwise.
  4. Lou Williams had 33 points and 10 assists in Game 5, his second 30-10 game this series (Game 2). He is the first player since 1983-84 to have multiple career 30-10 games off the bench in the postseason - the only other player with one such game is current Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell (May 30, 1995).
  5. Kevin Durant scored a postseason career-high 45 points in Game 5, the sixth most by any player in franchise history. Only three players have scored more in a Warrior postseason game -- Rick Barry (55 & 47), Sleepy Floyd (51) and Wilt Chamberlain (50 & 46).
  6. Montrezl Harrell is the first player since the 1983 playoffs to have at least 100 points and a field-goal percentage of .750 or better through five games of a single postseason.
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The Los Angeles Clippers are hoping to infuse some payback when they return home to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series on Friday night.

The Clippers staved off elimination by winning Game 5 in Oakland on Wednesday night. They were in a similar position last week after winning Game 2 on the road to tie the series at 1-1, but dropped the next two in Los Angeles.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said their fans deserve better.

"We want to do right by them," Rivers said. "My guess is there were probably not a lot of tickets sold, because I don't think a lot of people thought Game 6 would happen, but I think our guys did, and that's all that mattered."

Golden State left the door open for a Game 6 by delivering a below-average defensive performance in the 129-121 loss on Wednesday, while the Clippers shot 54.1 percent from the field.

"Not what we're used to, but there's no panic at all," said Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who led Golden State to three of the past four NBA championships. "Our message to each other going into Game 6 is, yeah, we would have loved to have come in and win four straight, or close it out (Wednesday) night. Doesn't change what the goal is. The goal is to win four games, move on to the next series and start it all over again."

Los Angeles was far more reserved after its latest win in Oakland. The Clippers are plenty aware that they shot 56.5 percent from the floor in Game 2, only to turn around and shoot 37.2 percent in Game 3.

"We learned a lesson, and (the Warriors) taught us it," Rivers said. "They were a great teacher for us."

The Clippers are hoping forward Danilo Gallinari picks up where he left off last game as well.

Gallinari scored a team-high 26 points in Game 5. He shot 9-for-22 from the floor, below his regular-season shooting percentage of 46.3, but much better than the 7-for-33 he combined to shoot in Games 3 and 4.

"I think he'll be even better in Game 6," Rivers said. "I think he now knows where he can score from."

Curry acknowledged how difficult it is to guard the Clippers.

Not only do they have an energetic starting five, but reserves Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are two of their most dangerous players.

Williams is averaging 24.4 points in the series and Harrell is averaging 20.

"They have talent all over the floor," Curry said. "They've got guys that can knock down shots, and their bench, it's been talked about all year with what Montrezl and Lou bring. ... We have to take those away the best we can."

Nobody is happier to see the Clippers still playing than their broadcaster Ralph Lawler, whose retirement has been extended by this postseason run. Lawler has been the team's broadcaster for 38 of the past 40 years.

Rivers said Lawler had a special message for him before Game 5.

"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. Please, do something about that,' " Rivers said. "So Ralph, we did."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 25, 2019

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