In the matter of 20 seconds, Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley received two double technicals for getting into it, subsequently getting ejected from Game 1 of the Warriors-Clippers first-round series.
"I've been playing against Pat Beverly since he was at Arkansas, so I kind of know what he brings", Durant said minutes later in the postgame press conference. "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".More news: Detroit Pistons playoff tickets on sale now
Beverley seemed to be upset that he didn't get a foul call as he went to the rack for shot just before time ran out to end the second quarter. So he's got four to play with after one game. "[Durant] took the bait, and that's two technicals". I thought there could be a chance that the Warriors allow the Clippers to hang around, but they came out with the right intensity and took care of business despite all the player ejections. "We talked about it for the last couple of days".
When asked if he was egging on Durant, Beverley insisted he was just being himself.More news: Man City left to question priorities for Crystal Palace visit
"It was fun out there", he said. Durant finished with 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while Beverley finished with 3 points on 1-of-6 shooting. "But it was the same play for me coming back on the other end, where I had an opportunity to bring some intensity to the arena, to the game, to my team, and I thought it was a flawless time for me to do so, without resulting in a technical foul". "Your seventh one is a suspension in the playoffs", Kerr said. With the Warriors on a secondary break midway through the 4th quarter, the Clippers defense collapsed with Klay Thompson driving into the paint. "The games would take four hours", Kerr said.More news: 5 candidates to replace Dave Joerger as head coach
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