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Durant has 50, Warriors beat Clippers 129-110; Rockets next

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kevin Durant is setting the tone for the Golden State Warriors. Get him the ball and watch him work.

Durant scored 38 of his playoff career-high 50 points in the first half, Draymond Green had a triple-double, and Golden State dominated in closing out the Los Angeles Clippers 129-110 Friday night to win their first-round series 4-2.

''I scored 50 points but I missed some good shots,'' Durant said. ''I thought I could have made a few more.''

The Warriors advanced to the Western Conference semifinals and will face the Houston Rockets beginning Sunday in a rematch of last year's conference finals. That's when Houston let a 3-2 lead slip away and the Warriors went on to win their second straight NBA championship.

''They're similar to the Clippers,'' Golden State's Andrew Bogut said. ''They run the pick-and-roll and we'll need to be disciplined to beat them.''

Golden State found itself in the unfamiliar position of trying to win a third road game in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Durant made his mark early with 38 points that tied for the second-most points in a half in a playoff game.

He was 12 of 17 from the floor, made all 10 of his free throws and sank four 3-pointers in leading the Warriors to a 72-53 advantage.

''That was one of the great performances I've ever seen in my life,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''He's the ultimate weapon because there's no defense for Kevin.''

Durant had a vicious block of Danilo Gallinari in the fourth that left both of them on the floor. On the Warriors' next possession, Durant converted a three-point play.

The Clippers fought off elimination with a 129-121 win on the Warriors' home floor in Game 5, but aside from a game-opening burst and another to start the second half they couldn't make a stand in front of their crowd.

Still, they bowed out knowing they had exceeded others' low expectations of their playoff chances.

''We took the back-to-back champions to six games,'' the Clippers' Patrick Beverley said. ''We hold our heads high.''

Durant's 45 points on Wednesday were his previous career playoff high.

Stephen Curry added 24 points and Green had 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his fifth career playoff triple-double, despite five fouls. Klay Thompson was limited to nine points with three fouls. Durant got his fourth foul in the fourth.

The Warriors repeatedly burned the Clippers with dunks off alley-oop passes.

Los Angeles opened the game on an 18-8 run. Durant and Curry combined to score the Warriors' next nine points as part of a 21-5 burst that put them ahead for good.

Gallinari led the Clippers with 29 points and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22.

Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the NBA's highest-scoring bench combo, were never a factor. Williams shot 3 of 21 for eight points and Harrell was 4 of 7 for 10 points and five fouls. The two reserves scored a combined 57 points on 23-for-33 shooting in Game 5.

Williams folded up the stat sheet and tossed it under the table after the game.

''I struggled at home this series and played well on the road,'' he said. ''Tonight was especially tough because it was a deciding game.''

Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander powered the Clippers' 17-10 spurt that opened the third and pulled them to 82-71.

But Golden State held the Clippers to seven points the rest of the quarter and took a 102-78 lead into the fourth. The Clippers cut their 24-point deficit nearly in half, but got no closer.

WAITING ROCKETS

Houston arrived in the Bay Area on Friday and planned to watch the Warriors-Clippers game there, anticipating that Golden State would win and there would be an early start time for Game 1 of the conference semifinals on Sunday.

REMEMBERING HAVLICEK

There was a moment of silence for Boston Celtics star and Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who died Thursday at 79.

''He was such a good human being,'' said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who guided the Celtics to their most recent NBA championship in 2008. ''Really, if you could model our players and how we wanted them to be - he was a fierce competitor, amazing humility, and he was a gentleman - if we could model all of us like that, we would be in a great place as a league.''

When Rivers took over as Celtics coach in 2004, he noticed that the franchise's legendary players didn't come around or spend time with the team. He wanted to change that so he had the team extend invitations to every former player.

''The next day, John Havlicek walks into the gym and, in a typical John Havlicek way, walks up to me and introduced himself,'' Rivers said. ''He said, `Hi. I'm John Havlicek.' Like I didn't know. But that's just who he was, and after that he was always around.''

TIP-INS

Warriors: Durant tied Phoenix's Charles Barkley, who scored 38 in a half against Golden State on May 4, 1994, in a first-round series. ... They improved to 17-8 in Game 6 of a playoff series. ... The Warriors went 4-1 against the Clippers at Staples Center this season. ... Former Clipper Shaun Livingston started in place of Andrew Bogut.

Clippers: Patrick Beverley had 14 rebounds for the second straight game, tying his career high. ... They were 0-3 at home in a playoff series for the first time, having also lost Games 3 and 4 at Staples Center. ... It was the last game of Hall of Fame announcer Ralph Lawler's career. He retires after 40 years with the team and 60 years in the business.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:47   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
11:46   Draymond Green missed dunk  
11:43   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
11:43 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 2-0
11:25 +2 Danilo Gallinari made fade-away jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 2-2
11:15   Shaun Livingston missed driving layup  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
10:56 +2 Patrick Beverley made driving layup 2-4
10:41   Draymond Green missed hook shot, blocked by Patrick Beverley  
10:39   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
10:31   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
10:31 +1 Landry Shamet made 1st of 3 free throws 2-5
10:31 +1 Landry Shamet made 2nd of 3 free throws 2-6
10:31 +1 Landry Shamet made 3rd of 3 free throws 2-7
10:21 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 4-7
10:12 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made floating jump shot 4-9
10:00   Stephen Curry missed driving layup  
9:58   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:58   Draymond Green missed dunk  
9:56   Offensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
9:56   Shaun Livingston missed dunk  
9:55   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:54 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 6-9
9:44   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:37   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:35   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
9:14   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:01   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot, blocked by Patrick Beverley  
8:57   Landry Shamet missed layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
8:46 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 8-9
8:33   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
8:22 +2 Patrick Beverley made floating jump shot 8-11
8:07   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
8:01   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed driving layup  
8:03   Offensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
7:58   Danilo Gallinari missed dunk  
8:00   Offensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
7:56 +2 Danilo Gallinari made dunk 8-13
7:45   Klay Thompson missed layup, blocked by Danilo Gallinari  
7:42   Defensive rebound by JaMychal Green  
7:39 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 8-15
7:20   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:16   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
7:13   Offensive foul on Patrick Beverley  
7:00   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
6:55 +3 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 8-18
6:43 +2 Stephen Curry made driving layup 10-18
6:31   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
6:16   Danilo Gallinari missed jump shot  
6:14   LAC team rebound  
6:02   JaMychal Green missed layup, blocked by Klay Thompson  
6:00   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
6:00   Shooting foul on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
6:00 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 11-18
6:00 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 12-18
5:42 +3 Danilo Gallinari made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 12-21
5:33   Shooting foul on Danilo Gallinari  
5:33 +1 Stephen Curry made free throw 15-21
5:22   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed layup, blocked by Klay Thompson  
5:18 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 17-21
5:02   Lost ball turnover on Lou Williams, stolen by Kevin Durant  
4:56 +2 Klay Thompson made layup, assist by Kevin Durant 19-21
4:56   Violation  
4:43 +2 Danilo Gallinari made driving dunk, assist by Landry Shamet 19-23
4:23 +2 Kevin Durant made driving layup 21-23
4:10   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
4:05   Klay Thompson missed fade-away jump shot  
4:05   GS team rebound  
3:55 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 24-23
3:55 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 24-23
3:41   Jumpball  
3:31   Danilo Gallinari missed jump shot  
3:28   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
3:22 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 26-23
3:03   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:32   Garrett Temple missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:30   Offensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell  
2:30   Montrezl Harrell missed dunk  
2:23 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot 29-23
2:05   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
2:05 +1 Montrezl Harrell made 1st of 2 free throws 29-24
2:05 +1 Montrezl Harrell made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-25
1:53 +2 Andre Iguodala made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 31-25
1:37   Lou Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:30   Draymond Green missed driving layup, blocked by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
1:30   GS team rebound  
1:15   Andre Iguodala missed jump shot  
1:12   Defensive rebound by JaMychal Green  
1:04 +2 Montrezl Harrell made dunk, assist by Lou Williams 31-27
0:43 +2 Kevon Looney made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 33-27
0:29 +2 Draymond Green made driving layup, assist by Stephen Curry 35-29
0:29   Shooting foul on Montrezl Harrell  
0:29   Draymond Green missed free throw  
0:25   Defensive rebound by JaMychal Green  
0:06   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
0:06 +1 Garrett Temple made 1st of 2 free throws 35-30
0:01   GS team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Bad pass turnover on Lou Williams, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
11:43   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:39   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
11:25 +2 Kevin Durant made turnaround jump shot 37-31
11:26   Shooting foul on Garrett Temple  
11:26 +1 Kevin Durant made free throw 38-31
11:02   JaMychal Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:01   GS team rebound  
10:43 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 40-31
10:25   Lou Williams missed floating jump shot  
10:22   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
10:20   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by JaMychal Green  
10:13 +2 JaMychal Green made layup 40-33
9:59   Personal foul on Landry Shamet  
9:50   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:47   Defensive rebound by JaMychal Green  
9:38 +2 Lou Williams made jump shot 40-35
9:17   Shaun Livingston missed turnaround jump shot  
9:07 +3 JaMychal Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 40-38
8:57   Shooting foul on JaMychal Green  
8:57 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 3 free throws 41-38
8:57 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 3 free throws 42-38
8:57 +1 Kevin Durant made 3rd of 3 free throws 43-38
8:44   Personal foul on Andrew Bogut  
8:29   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
8:20 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 45-38
8:09   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
8:06   Offensive foul on Andrew Bogut  
7:49   Lost ball turnover on JaMychal Green, stolen by Klay Thompson  
7:41 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 48-38
7:19 +2 Landry Shamet made turnaround jump shot 48-40
7:00   Defensive rebound by JaMychal Green  
6:42   Offensive foul on JaMychal Green  
6:42   Turnover on JaMychal Green  
6:27   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Patrick Beverley  
6:10 +2 Danilo Gallinari made fade-away jump shot, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 48-42
5:57   Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry  
5:40   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:30 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot 51-42
5:11   Danilo Gallinari missed jump shot  
5:09   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:04   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:01   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
4:55   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
4:55 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 1st of 2 free throws 51-43
4:55 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-44
4:45 +2 Draymond Green made driving layup, assist by Kevon Looney 53-44
4:31   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
4:16 +2 Draymond Green made finger-roll layup, assist by Kevin Durant 55-44
3:55 +3 Patrick Beverley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 55-47
3:39 +2 Stephen Curry made driving layup 57-47
3:23   3-second violation turnover on Danilo Gallinari  
3:15   Shooting foul on Landry Shamet  
3:15 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 58-47
3:15 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-47
3:09   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
3:00   Lou Williams missed driving layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
3:00   LAC team rebound  
2:56   Lost ball turnover on Landry Shamet, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
2:56   Personal foul on Montrezl Harrell  
2:56 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 60-47
2:56 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-47
2:45   Lou Williams missed jump shot  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
2:35   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
2:27 +2 Danilo Gallinari made jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 61-49
2:12 +2 Andre Iguodala made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 63-49
1:51   Montrezl Harrell missed hook shot  
1:48   Offensive foul on Montrezl Harrell  
1:48   Turnover on Montrezl Harrell  
1:37 +2 Draymond Green made driving layup, assist by Andre Iguodala 65-49
1:26 +1 Lou Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 65-50
1:15 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 67-51
0:54   Patrick Beverley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:52   Offensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
0:39   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
0:34 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot 70-51
0:20 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made driving layup, assist by Lou Williams 70-53
0:14   Personal foul on JaMychal Green  
0:14 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 71-53
0:14 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 72-53
0:05   Lou Williams missed layup  
0:02   JaMychal Green missed layup, blocked by Andre Iguodala  
0:02   LAC team rebound  
0:01   Danilo Gallinari missed fade-away jump shot  
0:01   LAC team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:36   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
11:20 +2 Draymond Green made jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 74-53
10:53   Out of bounds turnover on Patrick Beverley  
10:34   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
10:25   Offensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
10:24 +2 Danilo Gallinari made dunk 74-55
10:12   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
10:09   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
9:56   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
9:43 +3 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 74-58
9:28 +2 Shaun Livingston made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 76-58
9:06   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:05   Offensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
8:58   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
8:50   Personal foul on Patrick Beverley  
8:38   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:35   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
8:34   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
8:34   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:34 +1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 2nd of 2 free throws 76-59
8:21   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:17   Defensive rebound by JaMychal Green  
8:09 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made finger-roll layup 76-61
7:49   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Landry Shamet  
7:46 +3 Landry Shamet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 76-64
7:33 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 79-64
7:18 +3 Danilo Gallinari made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 79-67
7:01 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 82-67
6:37   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed driving layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
6:34   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
6:29   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:27   Defensive rebound by Landry Shamet  
6:04 +2 Danilo Gallinari made driving layup, assist by Patrick Beverley 82-69
6:04   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
6:04   Danilo Gallinari missed free throw  
6:02   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:38   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
5:17   Danilo Gallinari missed jump shot  
5:16   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
5:03 +2 Landry Shamet made floating jump shot, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 82-71
4:49   Personal foul on Landry Shamet  
4:46   Shooting foul on JaMychal Green  
4:46 +1 Klay Thompson made free throw 85-71
4:30   Out of bounds turnover on Patrick Beverley  
4:14   Personal foul on Danilo Gallinari  
4:02   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
3:56   Out of bounds turnover on Lou Williams  
3:46 +2 Stephen Curry made layup, assist by Andre Iguodala 87-71
3:34   Danilo Gallinari missed layup  
3:32   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
3:21 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 89-71
3:03   Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:03   Offensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
3:03   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
3:03 +1 Patrick Beverley made 1st of 2 free throws 89-72
3:01   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:48 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 90-72
2:48 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 91-72
2:31 +2 Andre Iguodala made alley-oop shot, assist by Stephen Curry 93-72
2:13   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
2:08   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
2:08   LAC team rebound  
1:58   Lou Williams missed floating jump shot  
1:56   Offensive rebound by Lou Williams  
1:56   Lou Williams missed dunk  
1:55   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
1:40 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 96-72
1:26   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
1:26 +1 JaMychal Green made 1st of 2 free throws 96-73
1:26 +1 JaMychal Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 96-74
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