Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Durant shines in Golden State playoff debut in Game 1 win

Durant shines in Golden State playoff debut in Game 1 win Durant shines in Golden State playoff debut in Game 1 win
Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 06:59

He patted his chest after two straight fourth-quarter baskets and said, "I got this!" They were almost unstoppable as McCollum finished with 41 points, and Lillard powered home 34 points.

Portland center Jusuf Nurkic won't play in Game 2 of the Trail Blazers' first-round series against the Golden State Warriors.

"Green-a strong candidate for Defensive Player of the Year-finished the regular season ranked second in steals per game (2.0) behind John Wall (2.1) and 12th in blocks per game (1.4), despite standing at just 6'7".

Playing a day after 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a vehicle accident, Thomas led the top-seeded Celtics with 33 points.

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 48 of the team's 56 points in the first half, and for the game the two combined for 75 points. Bobby Portis finished with 19 for the Bulls. Lillard and McCollum are the first Blazers teammates to score 34 or more points in a playoff game since Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter on May 19, 1992.

Someone at Oracle is so sure it'll end in a sweep that Chance the Rapper is scheduled to perform the same night as Game 5 (are you ready for your blessing, Portland?).

Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points, hitting a layup with seven seconds left to cut Chicago's lead to 104-102. Atlanta made 32 of 39 free throws, but connected on just 43.6 percent of their shots from the floor and turned the ball over 21 times.

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.

Celtics fans rallied behind Thomas, showering him with a deafening cheer when he was introduced. Both teams were evenly matched until the 4th quarter arrived. They need Durant healthy for next month and beyond because they plan to be playing deep into May and early June. He drove the lane for a one-handed slam midway through the first then knocked down a three from the top about a minute later.

The rest of the Trail Blazers made 12-of-39 shots from the field for 34 points. The Warriors' defense cranked up in the fourth, led by Green and reserves like David West and Ian Clark, who helped get Golden State out to a 103-90 lead with 7:19 to play. "It's just going to raise the level of my game because I take it as a challenge". He hit 12 of his 20 shots and also had 10 rebounds. Rejecting Lillard was especially meaningful in the fourth quarter of a game one still in doubt, and with the additional visual of the star guard ending up splashed on the court near the baseline. The Warriors could play without Kevin Durant, who was listed as questionable with a strained left calf after missing Tuesday's practice session. Curry hit a 3-pointer in his National Basketball Association record 59th consecutive playoff game, making his first 1:17 into the game.