Kerr demands urgency as Warriors title quest stalls

Sports | Apr 26, 2019
Steve Kerr accused his Golden State Warriors team of taking victory for granted as the NBA champions slumped to an upset 129-121 playoff defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Warriors had looked set to advance into a Western Conference semi-final showdown with Houston, needing only a victory on home turf against the Clippers to complete a 4-1 series victory.

But a 45-point display from Kevin Durant could not mask a shoddy Warriors defensive performance which the Clippers exploited to claw the series back to 3-2.

Lou Williams scored 33 points for the Clippers while Patrick Beverley grabbed 14 rebounds to leave Kerr bemoaning a lackluster showing from his team.

"It's been a year where things haven't gone smoothly all the time so I'm not surprised by anything, but I expected us to come out and play better and win," Kerr told said.

"It's the playoffs ... and you've got to play and defend with some urgency. We gave up 129 points on our home floor. We weren't right from the very beginning."

Houston will now benefit from extra rest after wrapping up a 4-1 series win over the Utah Jazz.

James Harden scored 26 points as the Rockets overcame an improved Utah defensive effort to seal a 100-93 victory.


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