On the heels of a tightly contested loss in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers responded by demolishing their in-state foes by a lopsided score of 138-98 in Game 2 on Monday. In doing so, the Clippers set franchise single-game playoff records for both points scored (138) and margin of victory (40), per ESPN Stats & Info.
Much of the Clippers' early onslaught was led by power forward Blake Griffin. Unlike Game 1—when Griffin played just 19 minutes before fouling out—the All-Star dominated to the tune of 21 first-half points, including numerous thundering dunks.
By halftime, Los Angeles already boasted a 67-41 lead.
Coming out of intermission, the Clippers extended their advantage by capitalizing on transition opportunities opened by the Warriors' many turnovers and long-range misses.
With a comfortable 32-point cushion at the end of three quarters, the Clippers already had five players reach double figures in scoring.
Griffin's spectacular tally sat at a playoff career-high 35 points, while point guard Chris Paul boasted a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.
Additionally, Paul claimed five steals, matching center DeAndre Jordan's five blocks.
Griffin, Paul and Jordan were all rested during the fourth quarter, allowing the Clippers reserves to conclude the offensive foray.
Ultimately, Los Angeles finished shooting 56.6 percent from the field, making 12 of its 25 three-point attempts.
In comparison, the Warriors converted just four of 19 shots from downtown and embarrassingly committed 26 turnovers.
With the series knotted at one game a piece, the Clippers enter Thursday's Game 3 in Oakland coming off a historic playoff performance.
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