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Durant shines in Warriors playoff debut in Game 1 win

Durant shines in Warriors playoff debut in Game 1 win

Game two is Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

At halftime, the score was deadlocked at 56 and the atmosphere was contentious, as Draymond Green engaged in what I imagine were some not-so-polite chats with members of the Blazers as they headed back to the locker room.

"We had six turnovers in the fourth", Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. But this block put the ball back in Curry's hands, which led to a Durant layup and a 10-point lead, putting a seal on a final push from the Blazers.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr wasn't surprised at the decision.

"He played a game that I'm not sure anybody else in the league is capable of honestly". But the Blazers didn't get much from anyone else as Allen Crabbe (three points, 1-for-5 shooting) and Al-Farouq Aminu (zero points, 0-for-5 shooting) were no-shows and Harkless (11 points) and Evan Turner (12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists) didn't quite do enough. Although Kevin Durant looked wholly healthy coming off his return to action, he lessened his aggression in the second quarter.

The fourth quarter belonged to Green.

McCollum is known for his defense far more than his offense, but both parts of his game were on full display in Game One. The defensive player of the year candidate Draymond Green showed up big time as he anchored the defense of the Warriors.

Durant, playing his first postseason game for the Warriors, led Golden State with 32 points. "He's so unique and so important to us".

After half time the Warriors struggled to maintain a series of small leads.

Drawing a foul on a 3-pointer at the second-quarter buzzer, Morris scored eight consecutive points for the Wizards to get them back into the game.

BULLS 106, CELTRICKS 102: Jimmy Butler had 30 points and nine rebounds and Chicago outlasted Boston in Game 1 on Sunday on an emotional night for grieving Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.

That mentality and that incredible Game 1 performance should give the Warriors confidence that Green can continue doing Draymond Green things ... hopefully without the sideshow that comes with them. They were having their way for most of the game, penetrating at will and they were hitting their perimeter shots. He sparked the Warriors' fourth quarter win.

Green met Portland center Noah Vonleh at the rim in transition for a block on what had the makings of a thunderous dunk in the third quarter. Green was magnificent, claiming 19 points, 12 boards, nine assists, three steals and five blocks - a line that might actually undersell his impact Sunday afternoon. Durant also deserves credit during the Warriors' closing stretch for knocking down a series of tough, run-killing shots. "It's just going to raise the level of my game because I take it as a challenge".

"David was huge. He was huge on those ball screens", Green said of West. "Damian couldn't get down-hill anymore". Golden State Warriors might have the splash brothers but it was evident that the Trail Blazers duo is giving them a problem. Even though the playoffs are a different animal and we've seen some awesome performances over the years, Portland probably can't count on 75 a night from Lillard and McCollum. I've already mentioned McGee, but Ian Clark also deserves to be included. But we knew that at some point you have to make them miss.

"I think the league has softened up a lot, and it's not like that so you've got to have a rough guy like him out there", Lillard said.


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