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Curry's 38 points lead Warriors to Game 1 win over Clippers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr preached to the Golden State Warriors to not ''take the bait.''

The bait being Patrick Beverley.

Stephen Curry scored 38 points and made eight 3-pointers to give him the most in postseason history, and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by running away from the frustrated Los Angeles Clippers for a 121-104 victory in their playoff opener Saturday on a night tempers flared.

Kevin Durant and Beverley were ejected with 4:41 to go, just 19 seconds after they received double-technicals when Durant stripped Beverley and the Clippers guard fell into the scorer's table. They both became enraged again and official Ed Malloy immediately sent them both to the locker room. Durant high-fived fans as he exited and the home crowd went into chants of ''Beat L.A.!''

Durant said Beverley has a ''different type of grit'' coming from Chicago.

''You know what he's going to bring to the table, just the physicality, mucking up the game a little bit with his physicality, his talking, everything. That's what he brings to each team he plays on. That's his identity,'' Durant said. ''For me, I know that coming into the series. I thought it was fun tonight.''

Like Durant, Beverley said he had fun.

''I got pushed, I got up and I got ejected. I guess the refs, I guess he saw something that I don't know,'' he said. ''But that's all right. I give them a lot of credit.''�

Perhaps this old, heated rivalry still has all the testiness of years past - just with new faces all around.

''Pat's going to talk, and that's legal,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Curry shot 8 for 12 from deep to pass Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3s with 386, had a postseason career-high 15 rebounds, seven assists and the 31st 30-point postseason performance of his career.

''To be in the same category and to pass a guy like Ray Allen and all the iconic moments he's had in playoff games and finals games, it's pretty surreal,'' Curry said. ''Definitely honored and grateful for those opportunities. I always joked, if I shoot a lot of 3s I better make a lot of them.''

On one of his marvelous 3s, the two-time MVP knocked one down from way back late in the third, nearly did the splits in the air and landed on his back side - still smiling all the while.

These teams are meeting for just the second time in the postseason after the Clippers took a seven-game series in the first round in 2014 when the California franchises had a deep dislike for each other.

Game 2 is Monday night back at Oracle Arena.

Draymond Green got Golden State going by making all five of his shots in the first quarter on the way to 17 points to go with seven assists and seven rebounds, while Durant scored 23 points as the Warriors ran their postseason winning streak to seven games.

Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points and fellow reserve Lou Williams contributed 25 points and nine assists as Los Angeles returned to the playoffs after missing last season following six straight appearances.

Beverley, who missed last Sunday's 131-104 loss at Oracle because of a right hip pointer and was booed during pregame introductions, didn't score in the first half and wound up with three points on 1-for-7 shooting, seven assists and seven rebounds.

He and Durant received double-technicals with 5 minutes left before they got into it again.

''We took the bait. He took the bait. That's two technicals. You get seven technicals. Your seventh one is a suspension in the playoffs,'' Kerr said. ''He's got four to play with after one game. That's what Beverley does. ... You cannot take the bait. That's a bad trade for us. The Clippers have made a lot of good trades this year. That may be their best.''

The Clippers lost their cool on a couple of occasions, and that hurt playing in an already difficult road arena.

Danilo Gallinari's technical in the final minute of the second only further fueled the home crowd, and Curry capitalized as the Warriors ran to a 69-56 halftime advantage.

''Curry has destroyed us all year,'' Rivers said.

COUSINS' NIGHT

DeMarcus Cousins fouled out with 7:16 left after scoring nine points in his playoff following a nine-year wait and nearly yearlong comeback from last January's devastating torn left Achilles tendon that required surgery.

Cousins, who played his first game of the season Jan. 18 at the Clippers, had nine rebounds and four assists.

POISE

Kerr challenged the Warriors - not to mention himself with a self-acknowledged temper - to be more disciplined yelling at the officials. Green was knocked down by Beverley on a no-call early and argued but avoided a technical.

''Fans need to understand, it wouldn't be possible to officiate the games the exact same way in the playoffs as the regular season. The games would take four hours,'' Kerr said.

The Clippers had their own costly moments arguing.

Williams and Rivers also were heated late in the first half about no fouls being called.

Rivers received a technical leaving the court at halftime and Klay Thompson shot a free throw before the third quarter began.

''All I want is consistency. That's what I got a tech for at halftime,'' Rivers said, noting Gallinari said nothing offensive to deserve a technical.

TIP-INS

Clippers: The Clippers were 2 of 10 from deep in the first half, when they had only 13 assists. ... Los Angeles, which has lost four straight on the Warriors' home floor, was outrebounded 53-40.

Warriors: Curry notched his fifth career double-digit postseason rebounding game. ... Durant (3,679) passed Dirk Nowitzki (3,663) for 15th place on the career playoff scoring list. ... The Warriors have won seven straight postseason Game 1s and 14 of 15 openers in all - going 16-1 in their first game of a series dating to the 2014-15 season.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Ivica Zubac missed jump shot, blocked by Kevin Durant  
11:36   Offensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
11:35   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:33   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
11:22   DeMarcus Cousins missed turnaround jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
11:09 +3 Danilo Gallinari made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 3-0
10:45 +2 DeMarcus Cousins made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 3-2
10:28   DeMarcus Cousins missed layup  
10:24   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
10:08   Patrick Beverley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:04   LAC team rebound  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
9:47   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Patrick Beverley  
9:41   Bad pass turnover on Patrick Beverley, stolen by Klay Thompson  
9:34   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
9:23   Patrick Beverley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:19   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
9:11 +3 DeMarcus Cousins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 3-5
8:57 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made jump shot, assist by Ivica Zubac 5-5
8:45 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 5-7
8:23   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed jump shot, blocked by Draymond Green  
8:22   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
8:22 +1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 1st of 2 free throws 6-7
8:22 +1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-7
8:22   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
7:53 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by DeMarcus Cousins 7-9
7:53   Shooting foul on Ivica Zubac  
7:53 +1 Draymond Green made free throw 7-10
7:31   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed driving layup  
7:30   LAC team rebound  
7:26   Landry Shamet missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Klay Thompson  
7:22   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
7:22   Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry  
7:15   Offensive foul on Ivica Zubac  
7:05   Personal foul on Montrezl Harrell  
6:59   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot, blocked by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
6:55   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
6:50   Defensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell  
6:32   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Landry Shamet  
6:28   Shooting foul on DeMarcus Cousins  
6:28   Montrezl Harrell missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:28   LAC team rebound  
6:28 +1 Montrezl Harrell made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-10
6:14   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
6:05   Montrezl Harrell missed driving layup  
5:56 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 10-12
5:46 +2 Lou Williams made jump shot 12-12
5:32 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 12-15
5:09 +2 Montrezl Harrell made finger-roll layup 14-15
4:54   Stephen Curry missed driving layup, blocked by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
4:48   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
4:46 +2 Lou Williams made layup, assist by Patrick Beverley 16-15
4:37 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 16-18
4:16   Bad pass turnover on Danilo Gallinari, stolen by Draymond Green  
4:11 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 16-21
4:01   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
3:49   Danilo Gallinari missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:46   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
3:33 +2 Kevon Looney made turnaround jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 16-23
3:20   Lou Williams missed fade-away jump shot  
3:16   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:15   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
3:06   Patrick Beverley missed driving layup, blocked by Alfonzo McKinnie  
3:05   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
2:50 +2 Kevon Looney made fade-away jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 16-25
2:27 +2 Montrezl Harrell made layup, assist by Patrick Beverley 18-25
2:12 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 18-28
1:54 +2 Montrezl Harrell made layup, assist by Lou Williams 20-28
1:38   Out of bounds turnover on Kevon Looney  
1:21   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by JaMychal Green  
1:15   Shooting foul on Alfonzo McKinnie  
1:07 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 23-30
0:53 +2 Montrezl Harrell made dunk, assist by Lou Williams 25-30
0:42 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 25-33
0:39   Bad pass turnover on Montrezl Harrell, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
0:05   Lou Williams missed driving layup  
0:04   Offensive rebound by Lou Williams  
0:03 +2 Montrezl Harrell made layup, assist by Lou Williams 27-36
0:00   GS team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   DeMarcus Cousins missed layup  
11:37 +2 DeMarcus Cousins made dunk 27-38
11:32   Offensive foul on JaMychal Green  
11:32   Turnover on JaMychal Green  
11:02 +2 JaMychal Green made dunk, assist by Lou Williams 29-38
10:46   Personal foul on JaMychal Green  
10:40   Offensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
10:30   Traveling violation turnover on DeMarcus Cousins  
10:22 +2 Lou Williams made floating jump shot 31-38
10:07   Defensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell  
10:07   Out of bounds turnover on JaMychal Green  
9:57   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
9:57   Defensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell  
9:43   Personal foul on Shaun Livingston  
9:43 +1 Wilson Chandler made 1st of 2 free throws 32-38
9:43 +1 Wilson Chandler made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-38
9:30   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:19 +2 Lou Williams made finger-roll layup 35-38
9:03   Andre Iguodala missed jump shot  
8:54 +2 Lou Williams made jump shot 37-38
8:47   Full timeout called  
8:21   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
8:18   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Durant  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
7:39   Shaun Livingston missed turnaround jump shot  
7:19   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed driving layup  
7:18   Offensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell  
7:14 +2 Montrezl Harrell made dunk 39-40
6:57 +2 Montrezl Harrell made reverse layup, assist by Lou Williams 41-40
6:57   Shooting foul on Andrew Bogut  
6:57 +1 Montrezl Harrell made free throw 42-40
6:44 +2 Andrew Bogut made alley-oop shot, assist by Klay Thompson 42-42
6:44 +1 Andrew Bogut made free throw 41-43
6:44 +1 Andrew Bogut made free throw 42-43
6:38   Lou Williams missed floating jump shot, blocked by Andrew Bogut  
6:37   LAC team rebound  
6:27   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
6:18   Traveling violation turnover on JaMychal Green  
6:10 +2 Andre Iguodala made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 42-45
5:56   Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:50   Offensive rebound by JaMychal Green  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:34   Shooting foul on Patrick Beverley  
5:34 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 42-46
5:22   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:22 +1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-47
5:08   Defensive rebound by JaMychal Green  
4:56 +2 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 45-47
4:36 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 45-49
4:30 +3 Danilo Gallinari made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 48-49
4:07 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 48-51
4:05   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:46   Personal foul on JaMychal Green  
3:41   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
3:36   Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari  
3:28 +2 Montrezl Harrell made reverse layup 50-51
3:28   Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala  
3:28 +1 Montrezl Harrell made free throw 51-51
3:21 +2 Stephen Curry made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 51-53
3:02 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk 51-55
2:38   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed jump shot  
2:35   Personal foul on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
2:35   Andre Iguodala missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
2:23   Lou Williams missed floating jump shot  
2:20   Offensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell  
2:20 +2 Montrezl Harrell made dunk 53-55
1:38   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
1:35   Shooting foul on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
1:35 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 53-59
1:35 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-60
1:29   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
1:29   Montrezl Harrell missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:29   LAC team rebound  
1:29 +1 Montrezl Harrell made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-60
0:55   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
0:48 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 54-65
0:40   Lou Williams missed layup  
0:39   Personal foul on Lou Williams  
0:39   Stephen Curry missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:39   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
0:37   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
0:37   Shooting foul on Danilo Gallinari  
0:37 +1 Stephen Curry made free throw 54-67
0:37 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 54-68
0:37 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-69
0:29 +2 Lou Williams made jump shot 56-69
0:11   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:09   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
0:00   Patrick Beverley missed jump shot  
0:01   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
12:00   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00 +1 Klay Thompson made free throw 56-70
11:39   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
11:37   Shooting foul on DeMarcus Cousins  
11:37 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-70
11:24   Offensive rebound by DeMarcus Cousins  
11:24 +2 DeMarcus Cousins made dunk 58-72
11:07 +3 Danilo Gallinari made 3-pt. jump shot 61-72
10:49   DeMarcus Cousins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:45   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
10:38   Personal foul on Patrick Beverley  
10:27   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
10:15   Offensive rebound by Ivica Zubac  
10:06   Out of bounds turnover on Patrick Beverley  
9:56   Personal foul on Patrick Beverley  
9:51 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by DeMarcus Cousins 61-74
9:27 +3 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Landry Shamet 64-74
9:16   Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:07   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Ivica Zubac  
8:46   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed layup, blocked by Klay Thompson  
8:44   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
8:43   Personal foul on Danilo Gallinari  
8:37   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
8:32   Defensive rebound by Ivica Zubac  
8:30 +3 Patrick Beverley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Danilo Gallinari 67-74
8:04 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 67-77
7:53   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed driving layup  
7:45   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Danilo Gallinari  
7:41   Out of bounds turnover on Danilo Gallinari  
7:25   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
7:12   Out of bounds turnover on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
7:03   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
6:59   Defensive rebound by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander  
6:42 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 1st of 2 free throws 68-77
6:42 +1 Danilo Gallinari made 2nd of 2 free throws 69-77
6:28   Offensive foul on DeMarcus Cousins  
6:28   Turnover on DeMarcus Cousins  
6:18 +2 Montrezl Harrell made floating jump shot, assist by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 71-77
5:47   Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed jump shot, blocked by Klay Thompson  
5:44   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:44   Personal foul on Lou Williams  
5:39 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Kevon Looney 71-79
5:12   Garrett Temple missed fade-away jump shot  
5:12   Garrett Temple missed fade-away jump shot  
4:53 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 71-81
4:36 +2 Kevin Durant made layup 71-83
4:25 +2 jump shot 73-83
4:07 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 73-85
3:43   Lou Williams missed layup  
3:38   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Durant  
3:06   Offensive foul on Garrett Temple  
2:51 +2 Draymond Green made jump shot 73-87
2:38 +2 Lou Williams made jump shot 75-87
2:38   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
2:38 +1 Lou Williams made free throw 76-87
2:23   Personal foul on Lou Williams  
2:23 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 76-88
2:23 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 76-89
1:57 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 79-91
1:45   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
1:40 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 79-92
1:40 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 79-93
1:26   Andre Iguodala missed layup  
1:22   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
1:21   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
1:18   Patrick Beverley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:14   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
1:10 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 79-96
1:00   JaMychal Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:52   Offensive foul on Stephen Curry  
0:39   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:30   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
0:27   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
0:09   Lou Williams missed jump shot  
0:02 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Andre Iguodala 79-98