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    OAKLAND, Calif. Indiana Pacers Shop . - Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson sat on the scorers table at Oracle Arena on Wednesday morning. He gazed around the building and tried to envision what it will look and sound like when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night. A gold-shirt wearing sellout crowd of 19,596. Roars so loud that, at times, they drown out whistles. The sights and sounds all embodying the spirit of the teams post-season motto: "Loud. Proud. Warriors." "Its going to be a great environment," Jackson said. "But with that being said, they wont get a stop, they wont get a score, they wont make a free throw. Weve got to do our part." The Warriors will indeed need to regain more than their homecourt prowess if they want to pull off another upset in the first round of the playoffs. They need to rediscover their game. Blake Griffin and the Clippers crushed Golden State 138-98 in Los Angeles on Monday night to even the best-of-seven series at a game apiece. The third-seeded Clippers showed just why most had picked them to beat the sixth-seeded Warriors, coming back from a foul-filled opener with an all-around game that wouldve worked in any venue. In Game 1, Griffin had 16 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes before he fouled out. The All-Star forward regrouped to score a career playoff-high 35 points in Game 2. He shot 13 of 17 from the floor, made 9 of 10 free throws and grabbed six rebounds — doing it all in just 30 minutes. The Clippers forced 26 turnovers, shutdown streaky shooting Stephen Curry most of the game and took advantage of the absence of Warriors centre Andrew Bogut — who is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib. "We realized that if we played our game and do the things that we worked on wed be successful," Griffin said. "We play well when were just playing free, so were just going to try and achieve that." Whether the Clippers can duplicate that performance on the road is another matter. For all the success Los Angeles has had in recent seasons, the twice-reigning Pacific Division champions have struggled at Oracle Arena. The Clippers have lost 15 of their last 17 games in Oakland, including the last five meetings. And they have never played at Golden State in the playoffs, when the crowd often reaches even higher decibels. "Its going to be loud. Its going to be exciting. I think every basketball player loves playing in an environment like that," Griffin said. "Weve played in places that are pretty loud before, especially in the playoffs. Ive heard good things about the crowd and were looking forward to it. Absolutely." Of course, home court has not always been an advantage for the Warriors this season. The Warriors went 27-14 at home, including 2-0 against the Clippers, but they had several head-scratching setbacks in Oakland. That included home losses to lesser teams such as Denver (twice), Cleveland, Minnesota, New York, Washington and Charlotte. Golden State has taken advantage of its home court its last two trips to the playoffs. The Warriors are a combined 6-0 at Oracle Arena in the first round in 2007 against Dallas and last season against Denver. "Hearing the roar of the crowd making a big play, it gets you hyped, it gets you feeling good," Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson said. "It definitely wont hurt being home." Game 4 and Game 6, if necessary, also will be in Oakland — where the Warriors promise to make things tougher for the Clippers than they ever did in Game 2. "Were not going to quit. Were not going to just lie down and allow a team to do what they want against us," Curry said. "Were going to be physical, come back and its about that competitive fire for Game 3 that were going to need to get it done to protect our home court." ___ Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP  href="https://www.cheappacersjerseys.shop/" target="_blank">Indiana Pacers Jerseys 2020 .C. -- Duke sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft. Indiana Pacers Jerseys China . Boston is making its first appearance in the ALCS since 2008. For Detroit, its a third straight trip to the ALCS and its fourth in eight years.Neymar suffered a nasty head injury as Brazil continued their impressive start under new coach Tite by thrashing Bolivia 5-0 in Thursdays World Cup Qualifier in Natal. The five-time World Cup winners had the points wrapped up by the break thanks to first-half goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Filipe Luis and Gabriel Jesus, and Roberto Firmino rounded off the scoring 15 minutes from time. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The result marked Tites third straight win since replacing Dunga at the helm, and kept the Selecao just a point behind South American qualifying zone leaders Uruguay. Barcelona forward Neymar, who was forced off late on after being caught with a flailing elbow, opened the scoring after a neat one-two with Jesus in the 11th minute, taking his tally for his country to 49 at the age of just 24.Liverpool midfielderr Coutinho - handed a starting role ahead of Chelseas Willian - prodded home the second goal 15 minutes later. Indiana Pacers Pro Shop. Atletico Madrids Filipe Luis fired home a third from Neymars pass on 39 minutes and 19-year-old Jesus, who will join Manchester City from Palmeiras in January, made it 4-0 a minute before the interval with a tidy chip. Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho (L) was on the scoresheet in Natal Jesus made way for Firmino midway through the second half and the Liverpool striker needed only eight minutes to make his mark, heading home a 75th-minute corner to complete the rout.Brazil will look for their fourth successive qualifying victory on Wednesday when they travel to Venezuela, Bolivia host Ecuador on Tuesday.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! ' ' '