LOS ANGELES: The Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by clobbering the Los Angeles Clippers as the NBA playoffs began Saturday.
Stephen Curry drained eight three-pointers to give him the most in league playoff history as the two-time defending champion Warriors dominated the Clippers 121-104.
“We imposed our will for 48 minutes,” said Curry. “We have been working for the last month on our collective mindset, raising our intensity and focus.
“It might not be flashy but we all got to do our jobs.”
Curry finished with 38 points, shooting eight of 12 from beyond the arc to pass Ray Allen (385) for career postseason threes with 386.
One of his three-pointers was from a distance of about 30 feet. “Shout out to the contacts,” said Curry.
Curry also tallied a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and seven assists.
“Curry has destroyed us all year,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
Game two is Monday at the Warriors’ Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
The Clippers and Golden State are meeting for just the second time in the playoffs after the Clippers took a seven-game series in 2014.