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Warriors’ Kevin Durant says Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played without fear in Game 4

Kevin Durant, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Warriors, Clippers

Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant was full of praise for Los Angeles Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander after another battle in their 2019 NBA Playoffs first-round series.

Gilgeous-Alexander turned heads with his strong performance for the Clippers, as he finished with 25 points for Los Angeles on 9-for-15 shooting. The 20-year-old rookie was a man on a mission for the Clippers, and he actually ended up with the most points scored by a Clippers rookie in franchise history.

Durant had nothing but good words for Gilgeous-Alexander, who played like a veteran on Sunday night. The Warriors superstar said that the former Kentucky standout came out wanting to dictate the tempo early, and played with no fear against the defending champions.

“I saw Shai come out and wanted to impose his will in the game early,” Durant said of Gilgeous-Alexander, the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, via Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “He played with no fear tonight.”

However, Gilgeous-Alexander’s performance went down the drain, as the Clippers took a 113-105 loss to the Warriors. The Clippers are now on the brink of elimination with the Warriors now ahead in the series, 3-1, heading into the Game 5 at the Oracle Arena in on Wednesday.

Durant led the Warriors with 33 points on 12-for-21 shooting from the field to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. Klay Thompson was also a huge problem for Los Angeles, as he erupted for 32 points with six three-pointers. Steph Curry ended up with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Draymond Green added 10 points.