The Golden State Warriors took game one of their seven-game series at home in Oakland, California against the Portland Trailblazers, 121-109, Sunday, April 16, 2017.
The Warriors began their run at regaining the NBA Championship with a victory over the Trailblazers in what was a very close, competitive contest for most of the game, despite the final score.
After the first quarter of play, the Warriors held a 4 point lead; 41-37. The teams were tied at the end of the first half; 56-56.
At the start of the final quarter of play, both teams were deadlocked at 88-up. It looked like a down-to-the-wire finish was in store until the Warriors pulled away in the second half of the fourth period.
The Warriors defense was the difference in the fourth stanza. They slowed down the guards of the Trailblazers and raced away with the steals and loose balls. They took advantage of missed shots and turnovers from the halfway point of quarter number four to sprint to a 14 point lead with 3:19 left in the game. They never looked back and cruised to the win.
Overall, the Warriors were led by star forward, Kevin Durant with 32 points and guard, Stephan Curry, who scored 29. The Trailblazers high scorers were guards C.J. McCollum with a game-high 41 points and Damian Lillard with 34.
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the first-round best of seven series. They are favored to win this series and are the favorite to once again, win the Western Conference. The teams will meet again in Oakland, on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Written by D.T. Osborn
Edited Cathy Milne
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