Durant apologizes for 'distraction' of Game 1 ejection

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Ben Simmons didn't play well in his first playoff outing of the year, but posted a triple-double in Game 2.

The Warriors entered the playoffs as defending back-to-back champions and the No. 1 seed in the West after finishing the regular season with a 57-25 record.

"There's a pretty significant quad injury. he's going to be out for a while", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the Clippers evened the first-round playoff series at one game apiece. The Clippers also came back from 27 points down in a playoff win over the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012.

"It's the best five-man unit in the league", Kerr said. Kevin Durant was a non-factor, seemingly rattled by the aggressive defensive tactics of the Clippers Patrick Beverley.

Beverley fouled out as well, on a flop in which Draymond Green took huge delight.

The Los Angeles Clippers will be looking to bounce back after getting blown off the court in a 121-103 road loss the Warriors in Game 1. In particular, they couldn't do anything to stop star point guard Stephen Curry who was absolutely phenomenal.

"If you put a Durant "35" jersey in any National Basketball Association arena coming from where I come from ... that is why that stuff is important to me, because my family name will be here after I am dead", he said. But other than that, it's just the playoffs. "You could hear them in the locker room".

The best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series is now tied at 1-1.

Curry, who also tallied a play-off career-high 15 rebounds and seven assists, hit one of his three-pointers from a distance of about 30 feet.

At least Curry won't have to worry about LeBron James in this year's playoffs. The veteran added: "Good to finally be in that atmosphere for the first time".

He accounted for six more buckets in that blistering third, and the rout was on. He would have to adjust to being just one of the weapons, not the main one. I guarantee if we're winning they're not booing. "I don't know a lot of places that that would happen, but it happened today, so whoever that was he could have had free tickets if you hadn't ran away". "Just keep my mouth shut, just play the game".

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