Thompson pours in 37 as Warriors jump on Blazers
(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...