The Golden State Warriors made some history with their 132-105 Game 3 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
For one, by scoring those 132 points, the Warriors hit the 130-point mark in consecutive playoff games for the first time in franchise history. Golden State scored 131 points in Game 2, though that was in a historic loss thanks to the Clippers’ record-breaking 31-point comeback.
Second, Kevin Durant’s 38 points in 30 minutes tied LaMarcus Aldridge for the most points by any player in 30 minutes or fewer in a playoff game in the shot clock era:
The Warriors scored 130+ points in consecutive games for the first time in their postseason history.
Kevin Durant scored 38 of those points, which is tied for the most by any player in 30 minutes or fewer in a playoff game in the shot clock era (LaMarcus Aldridge). (h/t Elias) pic.twitter.com/oMrvSYiBZl
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 19, 2019
Golden State dominated this game from the opening tip. The defending champs poured in 41 first-quarter points and ran out to a 17-point lead after the opening frame. They never looked back after that, extending their lead to 21 points at halftime and a whopping 33 points heading into the fourth quarter. There would be no massive collapse on this night.
Durant spearheaded the charge offensively with his 38 points on 14-of-23 shooting. He made it a point to be more aggressive after taking only eight shots and turning the ball over nine times in Game 3. He showed why he’s one of the best players in the world with total domination on the offensive end, also handing out seven assists in a terrific performance.
The Warriors have dominated this series outside of the final quarter and a half of Game 2. They will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead with a win in Game 4 on Sunday.