Bogut stars again for Warriors, Celtics sweep the Pacers

‘‘This is a team that won’t lie down.’’

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.

The Warriors’ Klay 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 play-offs.

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

‘‘We see our opponent,’’ Thompson, angering Clipper and Jazz fans, said in an interview on America’s ABC TV network.

‘‘They’re up 3-0, so we don’t want to give them more rest days.’’

The Warriors-Clippers game five is on Thursday (AEST) in Oakland.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant shoots against the Clippers.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant shoots against the Clippers.Credit:AP

The Clippers were courageous in game four but did not have the talent or firepower to keep up with the Warriors who were led by Kevin Durant with 33 points and a hot Thompson, who sank six of nine three-point attempts on his way to 32 points.

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, Aron Baynes’ Boston Celtics swept the Indiana Pacers to move to the second round of the NBA play-offs.

The Celtics won 110-106 in Indianapolis on Monday (AEST) to clinch the series 4-0 and set up a likely match-up with the 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 with 20 points and 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.

«It was a scrappy series, a defensive series, physical series,» Hayward said.

Boston forward Marcus Morris celebrates during the play-off game against the Pacers.

Boston forward Marcus Morris celebrates during the play-off game against the Pacers.Credit:AP

«Credit to the Pacers.»

The Pacers missed their All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who was ruled out for the season in January when he ruptured a tendon in his right knee.

The Pacers’ big man Myles Turner did pull off the most spectacular play of the game when he delivered a monster dunk over Hayward in the second quarter.


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