Golden State Warriors: 3 Important lessons through four games

Steph Curry vs. James Harden

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An aggressive, desperate Los Angeles Clippers have denied Andrew Bogut's Golden State Warriors passage to the NBA's Western Conference semi-finals with another courageous win. Behind big performances from Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Dubs have taken a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers said not just yet, they're not done.

The Rockets closed out their first-round series against the Jazz with a 100-93 victory in game five at the Toyota Center.

A Warriors win would have secured a 4-1 series victory and ensured their place in the Western Conference semi-final against the Houston Rockets.

The Clippers were more aggressive, with the 185cm tall point guard Patrick Beverley scrapping for 14 rebounds and forward Montrezl Harrell coming off the bench for 24 points and inspirational defensive plays.

James Harden is not known for his defense, but he made the big play on that end of the floor in the closing seconds of Wednesday night's Game 5 to help his team finish off the Utah Jazz and advance to the second round. Although they struggled with their shots, particularly in the second quarter, Golden State manged to make 13 treys and sink 20 of their 22 free throws.

If both the Warriors and Rockets handle their business, the two will face off in the second round of the postseason in what will surely be an exciting series.

Clint Capela followed up a poor game four by posting 16 points and 10 rebounds on six-of-seven shooting for the Rockets. He acknowledged that he was having trouble breathing in the Game 4 loss because of an upper respiratory infection and was held to just four points.

After scoring 31 points to lead Utah to the victory in Game 4, Donovan Mitchell managed just 12 points on a night he missed all nine of his 3-point attempts. But after missing his first seven shots and 11 of his first 12 attempts, he finally found a rhythm.

Royce O'Neale was an unlikely star for Utah, leading the team with 18 points. The Clippers took a 71-63 over the Warriors into halftime after Patrick Beverley almost put up a double-double (14 points, nine rebounds).

The Jazz opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 77-75 lead with 9 minutes left.

Definitely good. In the next three-and-a-half games, Curry has totaled 64 points on 19-for-49 shooting.

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