Clips end up falling to the Warriors by 8 points and puts the first round playoff series at 3-1. Clippers had a great run in the third quarter outscoring the Warriors 30-25 which put them within striking distance because of a similar theme that has been common with this team all year; they keep fighting, no matter what.
Unfortunately, Kevin Durant poured in 33 points and with Klay Thompson having 32 points the Clippers were able to hang tough with the incredible play from rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Shai was able to finally showcase his elite rookie skills on national television scoring a career-high 25 points while shooting 3-5 from behind the 3 point arc.
Danilo Gallinari is still looking for his game but he found a way to score 16 points coming from an abysmal 5-20 from the field. Gallo looks as if he hasn’t been very comfortable on the offensive side of the ball and it seems because the Warriors are closing in on the sharpshooter as soon as he gets the ball and then he doesn’t have enough room to get his usual shots off.
Lou Williams was held to 12 points and a staggering PER of -18. Lou had an off night with normal shots not falling for him, and only shooting 7-10 from the free throw line. Harrell was also quieted in this game scoring 10 points with only 3 rebounds.
Clippers were hoping for any kind of mistake from the Warriors but the Warriors were playing the championship caliber we are all accustomed to and not missing many shots down the stretch.
Something not to go unmentioned: Rookie Jerome Robinson played crucial minutes this game only playing garbage time minutes in some previous games. Jerome had a stellar 5 minute stretch in the second quarter adding 7 points and 2 steals to the Clippers total.
Game 5: Wednesday 8:30 pm at Oracle Arena
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