(REUTERS)-Kevin Durant scored 33 points and the visiting Golden State Warriors held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-105 in Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round series on Sunday afternoon.After winning both games in Los Angeles, the Warriors own a 3-1 series lead heading to Game 5 on Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif.Klay Thompson scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half for the Warriors. Stephen Curry shot 3-for-14, including 1-for-9 from 3-point range, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a season-high 25 points for the Clippers.Danilo Gallinari scored 16 after a scoreless first quarter, Patrick Beverley had 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, and Lou Williams scored 12 off the bench for Los Angeles.The Warriors received strong contributions off the bench from Andre Iguodala, Alfonzo McKinnie and Shaun Livingston in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, helping expand a three-point lead to 100-91 with 7:05 left in the game.Curry checked back in with 5:50 remaining and Golden State leading by six points, and the Clippers never got any closer.The Clippers had taken their biggest lead of the series at 82-77 on a fast-break dunk by Montrezl Harrell with 3:57 left in the third quarter, but the Warriors outscored Los Angeles 10-2 the remainder of the quarter to take an 87-84 lead into the fourth.Curry made his first basket of the game on driving layup to stretch the lead to 46-40 with 5:59 left in first half. The Warriors stretched lead back to 10 on two occasions in the second quarter beforeDurant’s four-point play with 2.5 seconds left in the half made it 62-54 at the break.Gilgeous-Alexander scored 14 of the first 20 points for the Clippers, and Thompson made his first seven field-goal attempts and scored 17 of the first 28 points for Golden State.The Warriors scored the final 12 points of first quarter to take a 32-22 lead into second.Golden State has led by at least eight points after the first quarter in every game of the series.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOf that group, several NBA mock drafts tabbed Rabb as the most likely candidate the Lakers would select with their No. 28 pick on June 22.Among the reasons: Rabb finished tied for sixth in the Bears record books for career rebounding average (9.5 per game), and the 6-foot-11, 220-pound forward can defend multiple positions.“It’s having a nose for the ball and wanting it,” said Rabb, who also had pre-draft workouts with Milwaukee, Orlando, Miami, Boston and Oklahoma City before training next week in Orlando, Chicago and Toronto. “A lot of times, especially with offensive rebounds, you’re tired from setting screens and doing all types of stuff. You have to find the ball. When it hits the rim, beat the ball to the spot and grab it. It’s a mindset.”Rabb believed he developed that mindset by staying in college for another year, something he argued NBA teams have noticed.“I think they understand I’m trying to be a pro and be here a long time,” Rabb said. “I’m here to work. All you need is one team to love you. Whichever team takes me, I’m just going to give it my all and listen everyday and do whatever I can to be great.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error First things firstTuesday’s gathering resembled a near reunion of the Lakers’ NBA title teams in 2009 and 2010. After the workout ended, Lakers coach Luke Walton huddled with associate coach Brian Shaw and former forward Lamar Odom.Does that mean Odom will join Walton’s coaching staff? Odom said he hopes so, but the Lakers said Walton has simply invited Odom to observe the past two days of workouts. Nonetheless, Walton expressed openness last season about Odom helping the Lakers in some capacity.Familiar faceUnlike many of the draft prospects the team has been working out, Brown was not star struck when he walked into the Lakers’ practice facility. His brother, Shannon, played for the Lakers from 2009-11, so Brown already knew Walton and Odom.Nonetheless, Brown’s brother offered him advice for a workout that he called “definitely exciting.”“Go full force at everything I do,” Brown remembered his brother saying. “Try to build relationships with the coaches and go out there and have fun and don’t take nothing for granted.”Shannon Brown did that with the Lakers, becoming a reliable reserve with his dunking, athleticism and hustle.“I can score the ball and definitely defend,” said Sterling Brown, who averaged 13.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting during his senior season at SMU. “Those two things, that’s what I tried to show.” EL SEGUNDO >> The idea was tempting, as Ivan Rabb pondered an NBA future in which he would represent the latest one-and-done player intent on basking in earnings and playing time.Even with the Cal forward projected to become an NBA lottery pick, however, Rabb chose to stay in college for his sophomore season. A year later, Rabb has fallen in NBA mock drafts as a likely late first-round selection. Still, Rabb said he had no regrets about prolonging his college career.“That helped me with my mentality, just knowing how to prepare myself coming into this year, knowing what to do before games and knowing what to do before practice and after practice,” Rabb said. “Small stuff like that that will help your longevity in the league. I feel like I really needed that year to just realize what I needed.”Rabb was one of six players to work out for the Lakers on Tuesday, joining Clemson senior forward Jaron Blossomgame, SMU senior guard Sterling Brown, Oregon sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey, Nevada sophomore forward Cameron Oliver and Florida State junior guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Watford’s only attempt at goal saw Deeney head over Daryl Janmaat’s inviting cross but Alderweireld did well to put the striker off.Spurs carried on their dominance after the interval and found their breakthrough goal when Doucoure inadvertently diverted in Moura’s cutback into his own net after confusion in defence between Ben Foster and Christian Kabasele.They had a great chance to double their lead on 65 minutes but Harry Kane couldn’t find Moura with a through ball.And the Hornets nearly made them pay a minute later when Deeney shrugged off Davinson Sanchez before his cross was headed onto the bar by Alderweireld.The game switched from that moment and the hosts did get their goal when Deeney flicked Jose Holebas’ free-kick from the right into the corner of the net on 69 minutes. STAR MAN Spurs controlled the game for the first 60 minutes but to Watford’s credit, they had a real go in the final half an hour and started to play the game on their own terms.Spearheading the fightback was Deeney, who started to ask more questions of the defenders.Deeney got the equalising goal which inspired the rest of the team to push on and score the winner and claim a deserved win. shining This goal was the 100th game Deeney has scored in Watford colours making him only the fourth Hornets player to achieve that feat after Tommy Barnett, Ross Jenkins and Luther Blissett.The closing stages were a scrap which certainly suited the home side more and the game was turned on its head when Cathcart powerfully headed Holebas’ corner from the left to send the Watford faithful into pandemonium.Kane spurned a great chance to get his side a point on 86 minutes – the striker heading Kieran Trippier’s cross over the bar as Watford claimed their first Premier League win over Spurs. 5 5 5 possible standings Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Tottenham’s 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League was ended after Watford completed a stunning 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.Second-half strikes from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart after Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own goal gave Spurs the lead also means the Hornets continue their perfect start to the 2018/19 campaign. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware 5 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures MOMENT OF THE MATCHThe first-half was not entertaining and didn’t improve greatly after Spurs opened the scoring.However, it really kicked into life when Deeney shrugged off Sanchez before the striker’s cross was headed onto the bar by Alderweireld.This moment got the Hornets faithful off their seats and encouraged them to go after their opponents more which led to Watford scoring the quick fire goals to claim the victory.PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Premier League News REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Deeney spearheaded Watford’s heroic comeback while Jose Holebas got the assists for both of their goals Spurs were left to rue their missed chances as the game got away from them in the second-half REVEALED Deeney’s leveller helped Watford claim the famous win smart causal no dice Deeney celebrates with Cathcart, who scored Watford’s second Both sides went into the game with 100 per cent winning starts so something was going to give and it was the visitors who seized the initiative in the first-half.Their first chance came when Dele Alli latched on to Toby Alderweireld’s searching ball but the England international’s looping header didn’t quite creep into the goal.Ten minutes later, Alli’s through ball found man of the moment Lucas Moura but the Brazilian could not quite get a shot away.Alli then missed from point blank range following a well worked corner but his blushes were spared by the offside flag. 5