Warriors Too Fast And Furious for Portland 128-103 — Winning series 4-0

April 24, 2017

AHL, San Jose Barracuda

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, left, talks with TNT broadcasters Brent Barry, center, and Marv Albert before Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 24, 2017, in Portland, Ore. Kerr is not coaching the game due to illness, but is in the arena. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

By Barbara Mason

Could tonight be the last time the Golden State Warriors see the Blazers this season? A win in Portland would give the Warriors a lengthy rest before they take on their next opponent, and of course hopes are that sometime during the playoffs Head Coach Steve Kerr would be able to rejoin the team. Although Kevin Durant was back in action, Livingston and Barnes were still unable to play. Of course the last thing that Portland wanted was to be embarrassed in front of their home crowd.

The first quarter was all Warriors as Durant hit a number of threes, not missing a beat as the Warriors had Portland rattled from the get go. As the quarter wore on, it began to rain three’s for Oakland as the Blazers were shell-shocked unable to mount any kind of comeback trailing 30-7 with five minutes left in the quarter. It was a perfect beginning for the Warriors controlling the game and rendering Portland helpless, unable to stop the onslaught. The most points ever scored in an opening playoff quarter for Golden State was 41 but thanks to some brilliant play by Javale McGee that record was broken as the Warriors led after one by the score of 45-22.

The Warriors were half-way home as the second quarter came to an end. Golden State led 72-48 playing ferocious basketball in front of a stunned and silent Portland crowd. Curry led the way with 21 points followed by Thompson with 16.

As the Warriors came bursting out of the locker room, they showed no signs of slowing down one little bit. They extended their lead to thirty points leading 78-48 five minutes into the third quarter. The Warriors from deep were crazy in . the score after three quarters was 106-80.

The fourth quarter was the icing on the cake as the Warriors bench took over. With five minutes left in the game Portland fans began to exit the building in disappointment. The final was 128-103. Steph Curry finished the game with 37 points.

So as if turned out the first quarter set the stage for the Golden State series win. This was by far their best game yet as the team seemed to play better and better as they got deeper into this series. The only thing that could have made this game more enjoyable was to see Coach Kerr on the sidelines.

 

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