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Bogut impresses as Warriors take command

Andrew Bogut was just two points shy of a double-double as Golden State moved to within one victory of a place in the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Bogut impresses as Warriors take command

Andrew Bogut was just two points shy of a double-double as Golden State moved to within one victory of a place in the second round of the NBA playoffs.

ANDREW BOGUT #66 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses during media day in El Segundo, California.
ANDREW BOGUT #66 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses during media day in El Segundo, California. Picture:Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Andrew Bogut has continued his storybook return to the NBA by just missing a double-double while helping the Golden State Warriors inflict another blow on the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Warriors beat the Clippers 113-105 in LA on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series.


Bogut had eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists before he fouled out with six minutes to go.

"They just battle," Bogut, praising the Clippers' tenacity, told reporters.

"This is a team that won't lie down."

Kevin Durant led the with 33 points while Klay Thompson scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half.

The defending champion Warriors need just one more victory to extinguish the Clippers and face the Houston Rockets or Joe Ingles' Utah Jazz in the second round.

Thompson raised eyebrows after the game when he said his team expects to face the Rockets, despite the Clippers and Jazz still being alive in the playoffs.

The Rockets lead the Jazz 3-0 in their series.

The Warriors-Clippers game five is on Wednesday in Oakland.

Bogut has been a seamless fit for the Warriors after they signed him out of the NBL last month and inserted him into their starting line-up when All-Star centre DeMarcus Cousins suffered a potentially season-ending leg injury.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has described Bogut as "a god send" with a "brilliant basketball mind".

Bogut's skill and IQ were on display with his assists, which included pin-point passes setting up Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala for easy baskets.

Earlier on Sunday, Aron Baynes's Boston Celtics moved into the second round of the playoffs after they swept the Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics won 110-106 in Indianapolis to clinch the series 4-0 and set up a likely match-up with the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, who lead their series 3-0 against the Detroit Pistons.

It was a team effort from the Celtics with Gordon Hayward coming off the bench for 20 points - including a comical dunk on teammate Baynes - while six others scoring in double figures.

Queenslander Baynes had just two points, two rebounds and a steal as a starter, but his trademark rugged play helped lay the foundation for his team's sweep.

Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 107-85 to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round series.

Portland Trail Blazers won 111-98 at the Oklahoma City Thunder on the back of 24 points from Damian Lillard to increase their series advantage to 3-1.

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