WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Golden State Warriors clamped down on protection as they cruised to a 110-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, taking a 2-Zero lead of their first-round playoff collection.
Playing with out injured star Kevin Durant, Golden State held Portland to only 12 factors within the third quarter Wednesday to post their 11th straight house win over the Trail Blazers in a rematch of final yr’s Western Conference semi-final collection.
Durant missed the sport with a calf pressure.
“You got to be aggressive. Tonight we didn’t really get it going and we had some dry spots but we won the game with our defense,” mentioned Warriors star Stephen Curry. “We asserted ourselves in first quarter that set the tone for the game.”
Curry had 19 factors and Klay Thompson added 16 because the Warriors gained simply regardless of scoring 11 fewer factors than of their 121-109 win within the opening sport of the collection.
JaVale McGee mentioned they miss not having Durant within the lineup however in addition they know tips on how to modify when he’s not there.
“We have confidence. We have had to play without KD for a lot of games earlier so we are used to it. But we need KD. We need his scoring,” mentioned McGee, who got here off the bench to attain 15 factors.
The groups will journey to Portland for the subsequent two conferences within the best-of-seven collection, with the Warriors taking their lead into sport three on Saturday.
Historic night time falls brief
Elsewhere, Eric Gordon and Lou Williams caught fireplace within the fourth quarter because the Houston Rockets rallied for a 115-111 playoff win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who misplaced regardless of one other historic 50-point night time by Russell Westbrook.
The Rockets erased a 15-point deficit to take a 2-Zero lead after sport two of their Western Conference collection.
Westbrook delivered a triple-double of 51 factors, 13 assists and 10 rebounds however couldn’t get the ball to drop when it counted. He shot a dismal 4 of 18 within the fourth quarter.
His scoring whole was the very best for a postseason triple-double in NBA historical past.
Despite the historic night time, Westbrook failed to search out his teammates with passes as he appeared to run out of steam within the closing quarter.
He missed 14 photographs within the fourth, essentially the most misses in any quarter within the final 20 NBA playoffs.
“I wasn’t tired,” Westbrook mentioned. “I don’t care about the (personal stats). We lost.”
“It’s not like it is going to be a surprise to anybody. We know what we have to do,” mentioned Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni of stopping Westbrook.
Gordon gave the Rockets their first lead together with his three-pointer on the eight:07 mark of the fourth quarter at 96-94.
Gordon delivered one other clutch basket with 1:48 remaining, drilling a 28-footer off a James Harden go to increase the result in eight.
Harden completed with 35 factors and eight assists and was an ideal 18 for 18 from the free-throw line.
Game three is Friday in Oklahoma City.
Whistle completely satisfied refs
In Washington, Bradley Beal scored 16 of his 31 factors within the closing quarter because the Washington Wizards seized a 2-Zero lead of their first-round collection with a 109-101 win.
John Wall delivered a group excessive 32 factors as he and Beal tallied 20 of the Wizards’ closing 21 factors in a penalty crammed contest.
Game three is in Atlanta on Saturday because the Wizards have gained 5 in a row over the Hawks.
Paul Millsap had 27 factors and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Dennis Schroder scored 23 factors and Tim Hardaway had 19. Atlanta dedicated 18 turnovers.
After sport one, Millsap made a degree of calling out what he thought of overly aggressive play from the Wizards — “They were playing MMA,” he mentioned.
In sport two, the groups have been whistled for 55 fouls and took a mixed 71 free throws. Atlanta was 33 of 38 and Washington completed 24 of 33.
Washington’s Marcin Gortat simply managed the head-to-head matchup as Dwight Howard’s struggles within the playoffs continued. Hawks middle Howard had simply six factors and 7 rebounds.