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Stephen Curry scores 36 points as Golden State Warriors hammer Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of West Finals

Wednesday 15 May 2019 10:50, UK

Stephen Curry drives at CJ McCollum in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals 2:37
Highlights from Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers

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.

Game leaders

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

Playoff Picture: How things stand

Playoff Picture: How things stand

How are the Conference Finals unfolding?

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.

Stephen Curry attacks his brother Seth in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals
Image: Stephen Curry attacks his brother Seth in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals

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.

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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.

Stephen Curry high-fives Warriors team-mate Klay Thompson during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals
Image: Curry high-fives Warriors team-mate Klay Thompson during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals

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.

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