National Basketball Association
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Golden State at L.A. Clippers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Golden State Warriors looked like they were cruising to a 2-0 lead over the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers until everything fell apart on Monday. The Warriors will try to bounce back after squandering a 31-point lead in a Game 2 loss and re-establish homecourt advantage when they visit the Clippers for Game 3 on Thursday.

Golden State went up 31 points with over seven minutes left in the third quarter, but superstar Stephen Curry was whistled for his fourth foul seconds later and had to leave the game, and Los Angeles brought Lou Williams back into the game at that point and began to make its run. "I hated my fourth foul, almost eight minutes left in the third quarter," Curry told reporters. "Our whole rotation changes. A lot of little things that end up giving them confidence. That snowball effect." Williams finished with 36 points on 13-of-22 shooting and 11 assists in 33 minutes and was nonchalant about the performance. "For me, I just got lost in the moment, to be honest with you," Williams told reporters. "I was trying to cut the lead down. I know we were down 30 at one point. I just got lost in the moment."

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State), FS Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Before Curry left the game after drawing his fourth foul and before the lead evaporated on Monday, Golden State was already feeling down after watching center DeMarcus Cousins go down with a quad injury in the first half. Veteran center Andrew Bogut logged a season-high 17 minutes off the bench, finishing with three points and nine rebounds, and summed up the team's feelings after the contest. "The mood's (expletive)" Bogut told reporters of the postgame locker room. "And that's actually a positive sign in my opinion. It wasn't something where we were like, 'Oh, we'll get them next time.' We're genuinely (ticked) off about it."

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Los Angeles rookie point guard Landry Shamet hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute and power forward Montrezl Harrell iced the game with two free throws to cap a 25-point effort on 9-of-9 shooting that included 10 rebounds off the bench. "We came out (in the) second half, did some defensive things, coverages were different," Harrell told reporters. "Overall, coming out of the locker room in the second half, we played a lot harder, was a lot more aggressive. We went downhill and played basically Clippers basketball." Los Angeles scored 85 points in the second half and shot 56.5 percent from the field in the contest after managing 48 second-half points and shooting 40 percent in a 121-104 Game 1 setback.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Warriors SF Kevin Durant committed nine of the team's 22 turnovers on Monday.

2. Harrell is averaging 25.5 points on 20-of-24 shooting in the series.

3. Cousins could miss the remainder of the playoffs with a left quad injury.

PREDICTION: Warriors 125, Clippers 121
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Golden State 58-26 L1 31-12 27-14 11-4 47-22 14-4 36-18
L.A. Clippers 49-35 W1 26-15 23-20 9-6 40-29 12-6 29-25
Last Meeting
Golden State L.A. Clippers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/15/19 LAC 135 GS 131 131 38 53.3 135 34 56.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State S. Curry 29 44.4 8
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 36 59.1 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State A. Bogut 9 3 6
L.A. Clippers M. Harrell 10 1 9
Assists Player  
Golden State D. Green 9
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 11
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State K. Durant 2143 52.3 474
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 1589 42.9 442
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State K. Durant 533 37 496
L.A. Clippers M. Harrell 569 192 377
Assists Player  
Golden State K. Durant 483
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 429
Quickchart Matchup
Golden State Golden State Off vs  L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Defense
Golden State Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points For 117.9 Points For
Golden State Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points Against 114.6 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 49.1 FG%
L.A. Clippers - FG% 45.8 FG%
Golden State - Reb 46.2 Reb
L.A. Clippers - Reb 45.7 Reb
L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
L.A. Clippers Off vs Golden State - Points For 115.3 Points For
L.A. Clippers Off vs Golden State - Points Against 111.4 Points Against
L.A. Clippers - FG% 47.2 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.5 FG%
L.A. Clippers - Reb 45.3 Reb
Golden State - Reb 44.2 Reb