"We competed. I really wish we could've played more without the chippy calls, but I understand it's Game 1 and they're trying to set the tone".
Or push night, at least. Once it did, Durant, likely knowing he'd be ejected for doing so, couldn't help but stand over Beverley and laugh.
Things came to a head with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. In the third quarter, after being called for a foul, Beverley mocked Durant after the Warriors forward flailed his arms as he took a step out of bounds following the whistle.
Durant had words of praise for Beverley after the game. "He's got four to play with".
"I got pushed, I got up, I got ejected", Beverley said. We talked about it for the last couple days. He's a hell of a defender who plays hard. "I give them a lot of credit".
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"We took the bait", Kerr said post game.
For his part, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was less than pleased with the officiating in the opener. Durant (3,679) passed Dirk Nowitzki (3,663) for 15th place on the career playoff scoring list.
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.
Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 26 points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench.
Durant finished with 23 points, four rebounds, three assists, and three rejections in 32 minutes of action for the Warriors, while Beverley contributed just three points on 1-of-6 shooting and was a team-worst minus-24 for Los Angeles.