Thompson pours in 37 as Warriors jump on Blazers

Sun May 1, 2016 10:35pm EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - If the Golden State Warriors miss Stephen Curry, they sure did not show it in their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. And here they go again in Round 2.

Klay Thompson bombed in a game-high 37 points and Draymond Green recorded his second career postseason triple-double as the Warriors ran off early from the Portland Trail Blazers en route to a 118-106 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals on Sunday.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Tuesday in Oakland.

Even without Curry, who is sidelined due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the Warriors ran up 118 points on 47.3 percent shooting against a team less than 48 hours removed from having closed out a Round 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"It helped us to have to play most of the Houston series without Steph," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"We just got into a good groove (in the final two games against Houston), and that carried over to tonight. Our guys have an understanding of how we have to play without Steph."

Thompson hit a 3-pointer just 17 seconds into the game, and the Warriors never looked back, building early 14-4 and 22-7 leads en route to their seventh consecutive win in Game 1 of a playoff series.

Hitting four 3-pointers, Thompson poured in 18 of his 37 points in the first quarter, during which he singlehandedly outscored the Trail Blazers 18-17.

Seven Warriors team mates quickly got into the scoring act as well, as Golden State outshot Portland 60 percent to 23.8 in the first quarter while building a 37-17 lead.   Continued...

 
May 1, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson (9, left) argues with Golden State Warriors forward Anderson Varejao (18) during the third quarter in game one of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports