Stephen Curry, all six feet and three inches of him, also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds on Saturday night. It looked like Golden State had wrapped things up, but Beverley and Durant kept going at one another.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wanted his team to watch the end of the Masters, where Tiger Woods reigned supreme.
"He took the bait ..." "We talked about it the last couple of days. That's what Beverley does", Kerr said. He's a hell of a defender who plays hard.
Curry already owns a slew of 3-point records and will nearly certainly add a few more before he hangs them up. "But you cannot take the bait because, that's a bad trade for us".
During his first game of the postseason, Curry has passed Ray Allen for the most 3-pointers made in National Basketball Association playoff history. Durant (3,679) passed Dirk Nowitzki (3,663) for 15th place on the career playoff scoring list.
Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 26 points and fellow reserve Lou Williams accounted for 25 points and nine assists as LA returned to the playoffs after missing last season following six straight appearances.
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.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is set Monday.