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.