The Golden State Warriors rallied back to take a 2-0 series lead after defeating the Portland Trailblazers 114-111 Thursday night.
No lead is safe against the Warriors and we got another glimpse of that tonight. Behind Stephen Curry’s 37 points and Draymond Green filling the stat sheet (16 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks) Golden State was able to rally back from a 17-point second half deficit.
Portland was able to right the ship for a moment and had an eight-point lead with 4:28 to play but weren’t able to contain their opponent. They had a shot at the end, but Andre Iguodala stripped Damian Lillard on his 3-point attempt.
Lillard finished with 23 points and 10 assists, McCollum finished with 22 points and Seth Curry had 16 points and four steals off the bench.
The game was flowing in the right direction for the Blazers to begin the game. Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless stepped up scoring a combined 17 points in the first quarter. However, they’d finish with two points the rest of the game.
Nonetheless, they carried a two-point lead into second and expanded it on mightily. McCollum scored eight points in the quarter and they capped off the quarter hitting three triples to give them a 15-point cushion.
But the Warriors scored in bunches out of the half. A 13-0 run had them back within possessions of tying it up. Klay Thompson’s 3-pointer with just over three minutes to play gave them a brief lead for the first time since the opening quarter. They outscored Portland 39-24 to tie at 89 heading into the final period.
Both teams traded blows down the stretch before the Blazers went up eight. Seth Curry and Meyers Leonard were instrumental in regaining an advantage in the fourth quarter.
Yet, the Warriors went on another run and Steph Curry’s free throws gave them a 110-108 lead. Younger brother Seth put Portland back up a point on the ensuing possession, but Green closed out the scoring being responsible for the final four points of the game.
The Blazers were unable to take advantage of their opportunity to win on the road as the series shifts back to Portland for Games 3 and 4. Kevin Durant has already been ruled out for both games as he won’t make the road trip due to his injury being more serious than the team initially thought.