NBA Roundup: Clippers force Game 6 against Warriors

NBA Roundup: Clippers force Game 6 against Warriors

"We seemed to take it for granted that we were going to be okay".

Golden State left the door open for a Game 6 by delivering a below-average defensive performance in the 129-121 loss on Wednesday, while the Clippers shot 54.1 percent from the field.

"I told our guys, like, they haven't been [themselves] in the series", he said.

"Our identity?" Kerr said. A blown 31-point lead at home?

Lou Williams again came off the bench and knocked down big shot after big shot.

It doesn't bother Houston that a date with the Warriors would come a series before last season, the result of the Rockets' dropping to the Western Conference's fourth seed on the final day of the regular season after spending months digging out of the hole they created with an 11-14 start.

En route to 15 wins in their last 16 playoff series, the Warriors have been almost unbeatable when given a chance to end a series at home in Game 5.

But the Clippers, facing elimination, dominated the remainder of the game, triggered by Williams' 3-pointer on which he was fouled by Durant. In an attempt to set appropriate expectations for a team that continues to surpass them, here's a look at three takeaways from Game 5.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr offered praise for the Clippers after the game, and admitted his team will have to play harder in the next matchup.

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"We weren't right from the very beginning", Kerr, 53, said.

The only issue for the Clippers is that they haven't won at home this series.

Gallinari hit a 3 out of the break then a free throw following Draymond Green's technical and Los Angeles made it 81-66 on JaMychal Green's 3 at the 9:09 mark. "It's just one of those games where it's tough to stop, he got it going toight, along with Montrezl and when those to usually get it going they usually win".

NEED TO KNOW: This is the first time that a 1-versus-8 series in the West has extended past five games since 2014, when San Antonio was pushed to Game 7 by Dallas. The Clippers lost Games 3 and 4 of this series in Los Angeles.

For the first time, the Warriors became relentless.

Golden State's Klay Thompson admitted he may have been focusing too much on their potential next opponent, the Rockets, who closed out the Jazz in Game 5 Wednesday night. He acknowledged having trouble breathing in the Game 4 loss because of an upper respiratory infection and was held to just four points.

"Everything we did in LA, we didn't do tonight".

We went with '84-85 because it was Michael Jordan's rookie season, and he played a role in denying many a team and player a shot at their next goal.