NBA Western Conference Finals: Golden State Warriors Win Series Opener Against Portland Trail Blazers
Stephen Curry amassed 36 points, including nine three-pointers to steer the Golden State Warriors to an emphatic win in the first game of the Western Conference finals.
At the Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers with the score line ending at 116-94. Stephen Curry was the highest scorer, securing a massive 36 points, including six rebounds, seven assists and a mammoth nine three-pointers.
The Golden State Warriors were the better team right from the first quarter. They were leading 54-45 going into the second half. The majority of their points came from Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, scoring a total of 74 points between them.
The Portland Trail Blazers could do little in the first half, but came back strongly in the third quarter. A few defensive fouls by the home team reduced the point gap to a meagre six points with the score line standing at 77-71 at the end of third quarter.
“It was a nice flow. It just puts so much pressure on the defense. You can’t key it on one guy and even if you try to somebody else is going to be open.”
-Stephen Curry, GSW player on his Match-winning performance
But the away side ran out of gas in the final quarter and the Golden State Warriors took advantage of it. The Portland Trail Blazers Damien Lillard, could not replicate the aggressive form he showed off in the Conference play-offs. He has been the anchor of the team as well as accumulating points for the Trail Blazers.
Interestingly, there were actual brothers playing for two different teams! While Stephen Curry is a member of the Golden State Warriors, his brother Seth Curry plays for the Portland Trail Blazers. The former scored a match winning performance of 36 points, while the latter scored in single digits.
Tomorrow, the Milwaukee Bucks will be facing the Toronto Raptors in the series opener of the NBA Eastern Finals.