NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors, Raptors & Blazers Take An Unassailable Lead
Gilgeous-Alexander scored a season high 25 points for the LA Clippers in a losing cause, as the Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors and the Portland Trail Blazers secure a 3 game lead in the NBA playoffs.
The NBA playoffs have crossed the halfway mark and the matches have now become a little more intense. Individual performances have caught an equal amount of attention when compared to how most teams have generally fared. Credit for this change can be attributed to players like Kevin Durant and Anthony Leonard for their match-winning performances. A combination play of their shooting and point guards like McCollum and Lillard for the Trail Blazers have changed the team’s algorithm in Game 4 of the NBA playoffs.
Kevin Durant – The Star for Golden State Warriors
The defending champions, the Golden State Warriors (GSW) comprehensively won their fourth game against the LA Clippers to take a 3-1 lead. Kevin Durant topped the scoring charts for the GSW at 33 points, including 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The Warriors were leading 62-54 at the break and lost focus as the LA Clippers levelled the score with 10 minutes left to play in the third quarter; thanks to some mesmerising three pointers by Thompson and an out-of-the-box four point play by Durant.
Such was the forward’s prowess, that the game drifted towards the Warriors, with the final score line ending at 113-105. This is Durant’s 2nd consecutive 30 point game as he scored 38 points in the previous match. Stephen Curry could not implement his game against the LA Clippers, scoring only 12 points; a far cry from his 38 point demolition in the first playoff game.
Ruthless Raptors Inching towards Semi-finals
The Orlando Magic was no match for their counterparts, the Toronto Raptors, losing 85-107 and are now on the brink of elimination. Right from the first quarter, the Raptors ruled the court with the likes of Leonard, Siakam and Powell. Scoring 34 points in the game, Anthony Leonard provided the thrust for the Raptors against a languished Orlando side. Of the four games, Orlando has only won the first encounter.
Post that, they have lost both of their home games. The quality of “unselfishness” has been the standout factor of the Raptors, even with a huge bunch of stars in their squad. The star factor has not really affected their gameplay and they will look to retain that same form in their remaining matches.
Portland Trail Blazers Steal the Show at Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma Thunder failed to win their second home game, despite a winning comeback in their previous match. Oklahoma couldn’t capitalise on their winning momentum, dropping points in all four quarters. Westbrook anchored the scoring at regular intervals for the home side, but the other players looked like they were out of it. Their defence was held up in their own half, as tempers flared and Portland took advantage of that problem.
Oklahoma’s George was the highest scorer with 32 points while the collective team play between Portland’s McCollum and Lillard amassed a total of 51 points, including 11 assists and 7 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons play the Milwaukee Bucks and the Utah Jazz face the Houston Rockets in the 4th game of the NBA playoffs, tomorrow.