The Golden State Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers in a blowout victory, 128-103, at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, Monday, April 24, 2017.
The Warriors raced out of the gate to a 12-point lead in the early moments of the first quarter. They finished with an NBA playoff record-tying 45 points in the period. It was never a contest after that.
Halftime saw the Warriors ahead by 24 points; 72-48. They came out of the break and continued to dominate, leading by 33 points halfway through the third period; 93-60. The score at the end of the third looked more like the score for an entire game as Golden State led 106-80.
The Warriors welcomed back, forward, Kevin Durant who returned from an injury. The Warriors were cautious with Durant, who played well but only logged 20 minutes of time on the court. Their head coach, Steve Kerr was still sidelined with an illness.
The lone, bright spot for the Blazers was star Damian Lillard. He finished the playoffs with 34 points. Guard, C.J. McCollum had been a critical scorer for Portland, but he finished with just six points. Another key player, Jusuf Nurkic, was benched due to an injury.
The Warriors were led, once again, by superstar guard, Stephan Curry, who had a game-high 37 points. The Warriors, as a team, were an offensive machine with all five starting players scoring double figures.
Next up for the Warriors is the winner of the Utah Jazz—Los Angeles Clippers series. They are tied at 2-2 in their first-round series. Golden State now looks forward to a long rest before taking the playoff stage for round two.
Written by D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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