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L.A. Clippers at Golden State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

The Golden State Warriors took care of business on the road and can clinch a spot in their fifth straight Western Conference semifinal series when they host the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 on Wednesday. The Warriors squandered a 31-point lead in losing Game 2 but recovered with a pair of impressive wins as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson led the way.

Golden State is trying to end the series as quickly as possible to prepare for a likely semifinal round against the Houston Rockets and followed up a blowout victory in Game 3 with a 113-105 triumph in Game 4 on Sunday. "We didn’t want to extend this series any longer because we know how grueling the playoffs can be," Thompson told reporters. "We already let one slip away, so tonight we came in with that mindset to put our foot on the throttle and not let go." The Clippers trailed by three points entering the fourth quarter on Sunday and were in the game until the final minutes before falling short. "We wish we could get it back," forward JaMychal Green told reporters. "I don't know what we'd do differently but, man, we need those possessions, need to get stops and we needed this game."

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

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Los Angeles small forward Danilo Gallinari went 5-of-20 from the floor on Sunday and 7-of-33 in the two home games, dropping his shooting percentage for the series to 29.2. Shooting guard Lou Williams, who collected 36 points and 11 assists in the Game 2 victory, went a combined 6-of-21 in Games 3 and 4. "It still was a four-point, six-point game, but clearly if those two guys - and those are our two key offensive guys - struggle, then it's going to be hard, very, very hard for us to win against anyone," Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters of Gallinari and Williams after Game 4. "Let alone Golden State."

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Thompson scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half to spark Golden State on Sunday and credited his series-best effort with a dip in the Pacific Ocean in Saturday, while coach Steve Kerr credited the performance with lifting the team. "When Klay gets going like that, it fuels the whole bench," Kerr told reporters. "You can see everybody jumping around. Everybody gets happy. We all love when Klay gets hot. It fuels our momentum. It didn't surprise me at all. He kind of had a quiet first few games of the series, so it was only a matter of time until he broke out." Durant, who poured in 38 points to fuel the rout in Game 3, added 33 points on 12-of-21 shooting in Sunday's triumph.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Warriors PG Stephen Curry was held to 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-9 from 3-point range, in Game 4.

2. Los Angeles PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 25 points on Sunday after failing to reach double figures in the previous two games.

3. Thompson is 8-of-11 from 3-point range in the last two contests.

PREDICTION: Warriors 116, Clippers 99
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 49-37 L2 26-17 23-20 9-7 40-30 12-8 29-27
Golden State 60-26 W2 31-12 29-14 12-4 48-22 16-4 38-18
Last Meeting
L.A. Clippers Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/21/19 GS 113 LAC 105 105 33 42.5 113 49 47.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers S. Gilgeous-Alexander 25 60.0 4
Golden State K. Durant 33 57.1 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers P. Beverley 10 0 10
Golden State A. Bogut 10 3 7
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers P. Beverley 5
Golden State S. Curry 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 1617 42.7 456
Golden State K. Durant 2214 52.5 487
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers M. Harrell 576 195 381
Golden State K. Durant 544 38 506
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 438
Golden State D. Green 498
Quickchart Matchup
L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
L.A. Clippers Off vs Golden State - Points For 115.0 Points For
L.A. Clippers Off vs Golden State - Points Against 111.3 Points Against
L.A. Clippers - FG% 47.0 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.3 FG%
L.A. Clippers - Reb 45.1 Reb
Golden State - Reb 44.0 Reb
Golden State Golden State Off vs  L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Defense
Golden State Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points For 118.0 Points For
Golden State Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points Against 114.8 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 49.2 FG%
L.A. Clippers - FG% 45.9 FG%
Golden State - Reb 46.3 Reb
L.A. Clippers - Reb 45.8 Reb