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Patrick Beverley sounds off on strategy for guarding Kevin Durant in Game 2

Patrick Beverley sounds off on strategy for guarding Kevin Durant in Game 2

Patrick Beverley scored 10 points and dished out five assists in the Los Angeles Clippers' comeback win over the Warriors on Monday in Game 2 of their first-round NBA playoffs series. He was plus-1, but his value goes so much further than the stats show. 

Listed at just 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Beverley hounded Warriors star Kevin Durant, who stands just shy of 7-feet. Durant only attempted eight shots from the field and committed nine turnovers. He fouled out with 81 seconds left and the Warriors leading by two points. The Clippers completed their historic comeback when rookie Landry Shamet banged a 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining to help boost the Clippers to a 135-131 win. 

Asked how he held Durant to only eight shots, the Clippers guard kept it short and simple. 

After a long pause, all he said was, "Be Pat." 

“I just feel like he’s the best, you know?” Beverley said to The Athletic after the Clippers' win. “No disrespect to their team, but he’s one of the best players in the world. Him and Steph are two (of the best) – top six, they’d have to be … in the world. I felt like me covering KD would help our team and I wanted to set the tone.”

Whether it was constantly toeing the line of fouling or trying to distract Durant at the free throw line, Beverley did his job. It was clear in the second half as the Warriors' 31-point lead started to dwindle, he was winning the outcome of this battle. 

But if you ask Beverley, he's not playing mind games. All he's doing is playing the only brand of basketball he knows. 

“I don’t try to get in people’s head man,” Beverley told reporters. “I can’t help (that) people get irritated by me. It’s not my fault. I go out there and I try to be the best defender on the f---ing planet, consistently – (day) in and out, in and out. I take my role, I take my job, very seriously, and I do it for my teammates.

"I understand my role, and I understand how to get stops. KD is not an easy cover, but it’s fun out there for sure.”

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Both Durant and Beverley were ejected in the Warriors' Game 1 win. Before Game 2, Durant vowed to take a different approach with Beverley

As this series heads to Los Angeles at one win apiece, he better find a whole new plan for Game 3.

Warriors' loss to Kings goes down as historically rare in NBA history

Warriors' loss to Kings goes down as historically rare in NBA history

You have to give the Warriors some credit. It's really tough to do what they did Sunday night.

First, the good news: Facing the Kings at Chase Center, Golden State forced Sacramento to commit 29 turnovers, the most by any team in a single game so far this season.

The bad news: The Warriors lost ... by 21 points.

"I've never seen a box score like this where we forced 29 turnovers and lost by 21 points," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after the defeat. "It's almost impossible to do that."

"I ain't never seen that s--t before," Draymond Green added. "We sucked. In every way shape and form."

They sucked, all right. Big time. Historically so.

As it turns out, the Warriors' loss Sunday night was the 56th time since the 1983-84 season that an NBA team forced at least 29 turnovers in a game and lost. It was, however, the first such instance since Feb. 6, 2004.

Of those 55 prior occurrences, though, only seven times was the losing team defeated by more than 21 points.

And of those seven prior times, guess which NBA franchise other than Chicago is the only one to have done it twice?

Naturally, the Warriors, including the most recent such occurrence back on Jan. 23, 2001, when Golden State forced Utah into 29 turnovers, and still managed to lose 100-78.

The Warriors went 17-65 that season, the second-worst winning percentage in franchise history -- for now, that is.

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After the historically-rare loss Sunday, Golden State currently is on pace to finish worse than that.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 100-79 blowout loss to Kings

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 100-79 blowout loss to Kings

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors (5-23) owned the Kings (12-14) throughout their five-year dynastic run. But on Sunday, their Northern California foes showed how much things have changed, as Sacramento beat Golden State 100-79. 

The Warriors' loss marks the first at home against the Kings since March 2018, and it wasn't close from the start. After a strong start, Sacramento led by as many as 25 points. 

Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with a game-high 25 points, while Harrison Barnes added 15 points of his own, helping extend his former team's losing streak to four straight games. 

Here are the takeaways from Chase Center:

Bad start

Two days after overwhelming the Jazz in the first quarter, the Warriors had the exact opposite start Sunday night. Through the first 12 minutes, Golden State shot just 33 percent from the field, turning the ball over five times (more on that in a bit). 

Worse, Golden State's defense was equally as bad as they allowed the Kings to shoot 62,5 percent with Buddy Held scoring eight of his 19 points in the quarter. 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr knows his team won't have the adequate talent to win on a nightly basis, but what will irritate him the most is a lack of effort, as shown in yet another loss. 

Sloppy play 

Coinciding with the bad start was the Warriors' inability to take care of the ball. Through the first 24 minutes, they committed 12 of their 21 turnovers, in a performance characterized by careless mistakes. 

Late in the second quarter, Draymond Green turned down a breakaway layup to attempt an alley-oop off the backboard to Glenn Robinson III, who was defended by two Kings players, leading to one of his two turnovers on the night. 

Giveaways have been particularly problematic for the Warriors this season. Entering Sunday, they were averaging 15.2 turnovers per game over their last 10 outings. In a season that prioritizes development, the Warriors need to improve their handle of the ball. 

Willie Cauley-Stein solid against former team

Two days ago, Cauley-Stein said it would be "weird" to play against the Kings. By the end of night, he was the lone bright spot in his team's horrid performance. In 30 minutes, the former first-round draft pick finished with 14 points, adding five rebounds. 

It's a positive sign for the center, who has struggled with the Warriors, averaging career lows in points and rebounds. With Marquese Chriss and Omari Spellman coming for Cauley-Stein's starting spot, Sunday's performance came at just the right time.