Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson dominated their matchup with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, combining for 12 three-pointers and 62 points in the Golden State Warriors' 116-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night.
Portland Trail Blazers
- Points: Damian Lillard - 19
- Assists: Damian Lillard - 6
- Rebounds: Enes Kanter - 16
Golden State Warriors
- Points: Stephen Curry - 36
- Assists: Stephen Curry - 7
- Rebounds: Draymond Green - 10
Warriors lead series 1-0
Golden State Warriors 1-0 Portland Trail Blazers
- Game 1: Trail Blazers 94-116 Warriors | Box Score
- Game 2: Trail Blazers @ Warriors, May 17, 2am
- Game 3: Warriors @ Trail Blazers, May 19, 2am
- Game 4: Warriors @ Trail Blazers, May 21, 2am
- Game 5 if necessary: Trail Blazers @ Warriors, May 23, 2am
- Game 6 if necessary: Warriors @ Trail Blazers, May 25, 2am
- Game 7 if necessary: Trail Blazers @ Warriors, May 27, 2am
- All games broadcast live on Sky Sports Arena
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Thursday night, also on top-seeded Golden State's home court.
Curry finished with a game-high 36 points and Thompson added 26 for the Warriors, who won a second consecutive game without star forward Kevin Durant, out with a bruised right calf.
Curry shot 9-for-15 on three-pointers, Thompson went 3-for-9 from beyond the arc and backup Quinn Cook mixed in two timely treys to quell the Trail Blazers' last threat, pushing Golden State a game up on an opponent they dominated 4-1 and 4-0 in the 2016 and 2017 playoffs.
Lillard shot just 4-for-12 en route to a team-high 19 points, while McCollum added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who were facing a fresh team that had enjoyed three days off after eliminating Houston in Game 6 on the road Friday night.
The Warriors used a 13-5 burst to open the second half to extend a nine-point half-time advantage to 67-50. Curry had three triples in the run.
But Portland, who flew straight to Oakland after winning a decisive Game 7 at Denver on Sunday, refused to quit. Rodney Hood and Seth Curry drilled three-pointers in an 11-4 run that ended the period and gave the Trail Blazers hope at 77-71 entering the fourth.
The Warriors' lead was just 79-73 before Cook hit his two three-pointers, helping Golden State go back up by 14, and the three-point discrepancy proved too much for the Trail Blazers to overcome.
Draymond Green complemented Curry and Thompson with a team-high 10 rebounds to go with 12 points for the Warriors, who shot 50 per cent from the field and 51.5 per cent (17-for-33) from three-point range. The Warriors outscored the Trail Blazers 51-21 on threes.
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Hood and Maurice Harkless had 17 points apiece and Enes Kanter a game-high 16 rebounds with 10 points for the Trail Blazers, who were limited to 36.1 per cent shooting overall and 25 per cent (7-for-28) on treys.
After having split the season series 2-2, the teams played on mostly even terms for the first 16 minutes, during which the Warriors managed just a two-point lead.
Consecutive hoops by reserve Jonas Jerebko, one a three-pointer, finally got the Warriors rolling, before Curry took over. He poured in 11 points in the final 5:29 of the half, helping Golden State take a 54-45 lead into the intermission.
Curry had 19 of his 36 points in the first half.
Game 2 takes place in Oakland in the early hours of Friday morning (2am), live on Sky Sports Arena.