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Clippers flip the script on Warriors with Game 2 rout

  • Members of the Golden State Warriors watcher during the second half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series loss to against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LOS ANGELES -#8212; Stephen Curry threw his mouthpiece in frustration and was whistled for a rare technical foul.

The Golden State Warriors never grabbed a lead in the game. They never threatened to win once again at Staples Center. They didn't even appear to stand a chance, falling meekly in a 138-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday that evened up the best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series.

One of the few displays of fire in the rout came when Curry in the third quarter scored on a layup over Blake Griffin and didn't get a foul call despite the contact, prompting the tossing of his mouthpiece and some gesturing toward a referee.

With the first-round series headed to Oracle Arena for Game 3 on Thursday, the Warriors in order to consistently compete with the No. 3-seeded Clippers must find a way to contain Griffin, who scored 35 points.

Foul trouble did the trick in Saturday's 109-105 win in Game 1, but Griffin came back with a vengeance and scored a playoff career high in points in three quarters while having a fairly easy time getting to the rim. He was 13 for 17 from the field and hit 9 of 10 free throws.


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