The Golden State Warriors dominated the Portland Trail Blazers, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 110-81 in a game-2 victory at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Star center, Kevin Durant did not start for the Warriors due to a calf injury. Patrick McCaw started in his place and shared time with JaVale McGee.
Golden State head coach, Steve Kerr needed the substitutes to step up in this game and that is exactly what they did. McGee finished with a playoff career-high of 15 points, and McCaw chipped in for 9 points.
The Warriors raced out to a 16 point lead after one period of play. They withstood a 14-4 run by the Blazers at the start of the second quarter. The Blazers came within one point of the home team midway through the second period and finished the first half down 55-46.
The third period saw the Warriors explode to outscore the visitors 28-12. The game was never in doubt after that.
The Blazers were plagued with turnovers and poor shooting in the second half. The visitors shot only 31 percent from the field for the game.
In the fourth stanza, the Warriors increased their lead to more than 30 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Stephan Curry led the Warriors with 19 points. Forward Maurice Harkless was the high scorer for the Blazers with 15 points.
The Blazers have now lost 12 of the last 13 games to the Warriors. The two teams meet again for game 3 in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 22 at the Moda Center.
Written by D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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