Durant, Beverley tossed; Curry, Warriors take Game 1

Umpire Mark Lindsay (29) and crew chief Ed Malloy (14) separate Kevin Durant of the Warriors and Patrick Beverley (right) of the Clippers in the fourth quarter of Game 1 on Saturday night.

While the Golden State Warriors did as expected in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night at Oracle Arena, 121-104, it was also fight night.

Or push night, at least.

In the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant of the Warriors and Patrick Beverley of the Clippers were ejected after receiving a second pair of double technical fouls for a continuous stream of back-and-forth jawing.

With 4:41 to play, the two got tangled up, with Durant pushing Beverley into the scorer’s table. Beverley immediately jumped to his feet to confront Durant as official Ed Malloy got between them and immediately ejected them.

The first set of double technicals came with five minutes to play as the officials attempted to rein in the emotions in the game. Beverley mocked Durant for what he thought was flopping several times earlier in the game after being called for a foul on him. Durant laughed at Beverley’s taunts.

Beverley, who was in Durant’s face from the opening tip in an attempt to knock the two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player off his game, explained what went down before the ejections.

Durant had words of praise for Beverley after the game.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors spent the last two days leading up to Game 1 preparing for Beverley, one of the biggest irritants in the game… all for naught, especially in the case of Durant.

“He took the bait … That’s what Beverley does,” Kerr said. “We talked about it the last couple of days. He’s a hell of a defender who plays hard. I have a lot of respect for him. But you can not take the bait because, that’s a bad trade for us.”

For his part, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was less than pleased with the officiating in the opener.

As for the actual basketball, two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry scored 38 points and made eight 3-pointers to give him the most in postseason history to lead the two-time defending-champion Warriors. Curry shot 8 for 12 from deep to pass Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3s with 386, had a postseason career-high 15 rebounds, seven assists and the 31st 30-point postseason performance of his career.

Draymond Green got Golden State going by making all five of his shots in the first quarter en route to 17 points to go with seven assists and seven rebounds, while Durant scored 23 points as the Warriors ran their postseason winning streak to seven games.

Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 26 points and fellow reserve Lou Williams accounted for 25 points and nine assists as LA returned to the playoffs after missing last season following six straight appearances.

Beverley did not score in the first half and wound up with three points on 1-for-7 shooting, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Game 2 is Monday night at Oracle Arena.