Golden State Warriors NBA Playoffs Game one recap: Round Two Gets Underway for Golden State; Dubs waste no time with 106-94 win

May 2, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Utah Jazz’s Boris Diaw (33) shoots as Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and David West, right, defend during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors took on the Utah Jazz as they continued their quest for the big prize that eluded them last year. The way this team has been playing it is almost like their opponents are lambs going to the slaughter. The Warriors have had their challenges throughout the playoffs as well as the latter stages of the regular season. No matter what they are facing they always find a way to win. It’s as if they toy with teams before putting them out of their misery. That’s not to say that they are playing inferior teams, they are not. They just find a way to win everytime.

The Jazz kept things close for a part of the first quarter but then it began to slowly slip away. Golden State led going into the second quarter 27-21. The Warriors continued to extend their lead and had a 58-46 lead at halftime. Steph Curry had 16 points while Kevin Durant had ten. The leader for the Jazz was Rudy Gobert with ten points. While a twelve point deficit is surmountable against most teams it is quite a different story when it comes to the Warriors. Neither had much success when it came to the three-point plays; each team having four.

Golden State maintained their double-digit lead throughout the third quarter leading 84-73 going into the fourth quarter. The Jazz were unable to make up any ground going into the final quarter. Curry led with 22 points while the Jazz leader was Gobert shooting 13 points.

As is usual and customary the Warriors began to pile it on as the fourth quarter started to tick away. Golden State led by as many as 21 points in the final quarter. Steph Curry sat out much of the fourth quarter with a slightly tweaked ankle. The final was 106-94. All of the Warrior starters finished with double digits. “I think our guys did a pretty good job staying in shape and staying in rhythm. We’ve got so many weapons,” said Draymond Green who had 17 points and eight rebounds.

So now Golden State takes a 1-0 lead in the series. They will face the Jazz on Thursday night at Oracle Arena before heading back to Utah for two games. The game will begin on Thursday at 7:30 .


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