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Clippers stun Warriors with playoff-record rally
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      Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print, focusing on the NBA. He has covered the Lakers, the Celtics and previously worked for The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times.

OAKLAND, Calif. — The LA Clippers pulled off the biggest comeback in NBA postseason history Monday night when they rallied from a 31-point deficit to win Game 2 over the Golden State Warriors 135-131 at Oracle Arena.

“We changed a couple things offensively and defensively on the fly in the third [quarter],” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “And it worked out for us.”

The Clippers bested the Los Angeles Lakers‘ rally from a 29-point deficit to beat the Seattle Supersonics in 1989. The Clippers also came back from 27 points down in a playoff win over the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012.

Bench star Lou Williams led the Clippers with 36 points and 11 assists. He was 13-of-22 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free throw line.

With the win, the Clippers tied their Western Conference first-round series at 1-1. Game 3 is Thursday in Los Angeles.

Rivers said he told his players at halftime to keep grinding despite the seemingly insurmountable deficit.

“I was honest with them,” Rivers said. “I said, ‘I don’t know how.’ I said, ‘We’re going to figure this out.'”

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