The Warriors slug it out with the Portland TrailBlazers for three periods before putting the game away in the fourth 121-109

April 16, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, center, drives between Golden State Warriors forward David West (3) and guard Ian Clark (21) during the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 16, 2017. The Warriors won 121-109. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors began their quest for a second championship in the last three season by defeating the Portland TrailBlazers 121-109. The Blazers, coached by Terry Stotts, gave the Dubs a tussle for the first three periods The Blazer’s backcourt of C.J.McCollum and Oakland native, Damien Lillard were on fire, especially in the first half.  McCollum (27) and Lillard (21) tallied 48 of the Blazers’ 56 points. The Dubs led by four 31-27 at the end of the quarter but the Blazers outscored the Dubs by four in the second quarter to tie the game at the half.

Both teams played fantastic basketball in the third period. Neither team would give an inch. Eleven of the twenty lead changes in the game came in the third period. Neither team could pull away, but the Dubs defense started to assert itself. Draymond Green blocked a shot that sent the fans into a frenzy. Steph Curry led the Warriors’ offense. He had help from Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and JaVale McGee. However, the Blazers stayed with the Dubs, and the score was tied at 88 at the end of 36 minutes of play.  However, the fourth quarter belonged to one Draymond Green whose will and intensity lit up Oracle Arena. The Defense imposed its will on the Blazers as the Dubs went on a 15-2 run to start the fourth quarter. Portland was one-for-eleven from the floor as the Warriors opened up a thirteen-point lead 103-90. Draymond continued to block shots, deflect passes, make steals and utterly confound the Portland players. Ian Clark, starting the fourth quarter, scored 7 points early in the period that seemed to knock the starch out Portland. Kevin Durant continued to shine in his first game in the playoffs as a warrior. The Dubs won game one of the best of 7 series 121-109.

Game Notes and Stats. The Warriors announced that forward Matt Barnes, who suffered a bruised knee and missed the last two games of the season, will return to action. The Blazers are hoping their big center Jusuf Nurkic, will be available Wednesday. Nurkic suffered a broken bone in his leg and will play if he can tolerate the pain. Nurkic came to Portland from Denver at the trade deadline. Nurkic helped the Blazers right the ship, and they were able to make the playoffs as the eighth seed.

KD led the Warrior attack with 32 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Steph Curry finished the night with 29 points,4 assists, 5 boards, and he blocked a shot. Klay Thompson scored 15. The man of the game, Draymond Green, had a double-double, too. Green scored 19 points, 9 assists, 12 rebounds, 5 blocked shots, and 3 steals. The Warrior bench outscored the Blazer bench 22-9. C.J.MCollum finished with 41. Damien Lillard kicked in with 34. Evan Turner had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Maurice Harkless finished with 11.

Steph Curry had this to say about the play of McCollum and Lillard. “When they got it going, they’re hitting tough shots in the first half, some you just have to live with.” “They were able to finish, but over the course of 48, you just try to wear them down.” Kevin Durant talked about his evening’s work this way:” the game ratchets up when you get to the playoffs. I definitely felt good out there.”

The Warriors meet the Blazers for Game 2 Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Game time is at 7:30 pm.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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