Kevin Durant starts Game 5 hot, moves up all-time playoff scoring list

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant moved up the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list after scoring 12 first quarter points against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of the team’s opening round playoff series.

After scoring his sixth point, Durant moved past former Boston Celtic John Havlicek (3,776 points) to become the 12th-most prolific playoff scorer in NBA history.

The next player in Durant’s sights is Larry Bird, another former Celtic who has 3,897 career-playoff points.

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Durant scored 21 first half points and connected on four of his six three-point attempts.

Despite Durant’s high-scoring output, the Warriors trailed the Clippers 71-63 at halftime after the Clippers shot 57 percent from the field.

Clippers guard Lou Williams scored 18 points off the bench, and forward Danilo Gallinari led LA’s starters with 16 points.

Durant nemesis Patrick Beverley added 14 points of his own and grabbed nine rebounds in the first half.

The winner of this series will face the Houston Rockets, who advanced after beating the Jazz 100-93 earlier Wednesday night.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email him at eric.ting@sfgate.com and follow him on Twitter

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