Patrick Beverley's 'gonna talk, and that's legal' - Doc Rivers | NBA Sound

Kevin Durant Warriors

Kevin Durant Warriors

The first set of double technicals came with five minutes to play as the officials attempted to rein in the emotions in the game.

Kevin Durant climbing past Nowitzki and Steph rising above Jesus Shuttlesworth on the same night underscores the extent to which the Warriors have rewritten the record books and left an enduring imprint on the postseason story of professional basketball. "He's a Chicago kid, grew up and played in the Chicago area, so those dudes play with a different type of grit, so I can appreciate that about Pat".

In the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant of the Warriors and Patrick Beverley of the Clippers were ejected after receiving a second pair of double technical fouls for a continuous stream of back-and-forth jawing. With two technicals already, Durant only needs five more to draw a one-game suspension without pay during the postseason.

"He took the bait", Kerr said.

"We took the bait". That's two technicals. You get seven technicals.

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These teams are meeting for just the second time in the postseason after the Clippers took a seven-game series in the first round in 2014 when the California franchises had a deep dislike for each other.

"That's what Beverley does". You can not take the bait. "The Clippers have made a lot of good trades this year - that was probably their best".

"It was just - not friendly, but just trash talk, you know, it's emotional play for him, so he's going to show his intensity after that play, and I respected it, and I'm sure everybody on the court did", Durant said. I can't see anything but another win for the Warriors, but this just seems like too many free points on this occasion.

"It was fun out there", he said. But this is the playoffs.

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