Stephen Curry hit a career-playoff-equalling nine three-pointers en route to a game-high 36 points as the Golden State Warriors dispatched the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
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- 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
Curry produced a superb all-round performance as the defending NBA champions, without the injured Kevin Durant, rolled to a resounding 116-94 victory at Oracle Arena.
Curry connected on 12 of his 23 shots (including 9-of-15 from three-point range) and added six rebounds and seven assists - including floor-length passes to Klay Thompson and Draymond Green for easy baskets - as Golden State struck the first blow in the best-of-seven series.
The teams played on mostly even terms for the first 16 minutes, during which the Warriors managed just a two-point lead, before consecutive hoops by reserve Jonas Jerebko, one a three-pointer, finally got the Warriors rolling.
Then 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. He scored 19 of his 36 points in the first half.
The Warriors used a 13-5 burst to open the second half to extend their advantage to 67-50. Curry had three triples in the run.
At the end of the third quarter, Curry teased two Portland defenders before accelerating into the paint and lifting a scoop lay-up over Blazers big man, high off the glass and through the hoop.
Speaking after the game, Curry said: "I know what I'm capable of on the floor. The situation calls for me to be a little bit more aggressive and hopefully that'll continue," said Curry, who came into the series shooting 37.1 per cent on threes this postseason.
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"Obviously it's nice to see the ball go in. I didn't shoot the ball well for four-and-a-half the last series and got off to a good start tonight. I want to maintain that. Every game is different, you've got to re-establish yourself. That's my perspective no matter how I play."
Game 2 takes place in Oakland in the early hours of Friday morning (2am), live on Sky Sports Arena.