Warriors rout Trail Blazers to complete series sweep
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[April 25, 2017]
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Golden
State Warriors wasted no time exerting their authority in Game 4 of
their first-round playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers.
With Stephen Curry leading the way and each of his teammates doing
his part, the Warriors dominated from the opening tip in a 128-103
rout of the Trail Blazers Monday night at Moda Center.
The two-time defending Western Conference champions swept the
best-of-seven series. The Warriors now await the winner of the
first-round series between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles
Clippers, which is tied at two games apiece.
Curry bombed in 37 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed
seven rebounds despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter.
The Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the game's first three
minutes and never looked back. Golden State led 45-22 after one
period, tying the NBA record for the most points scored in the first
quarter of a playoff game.
"There was a sense of urgency," said Curry, who made 12 of 20 shots
from the field, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range. "There was a
nice energy to us before the game. We were kind of loose but
focused. It showed in the first six minutes, and we never let up."
Draymond Green scored 21 points and Klay Thompson added 18 for the
Warriors, who shot 53.5 percent from the field, including 17 of 29
(58.6 percent) from 3-point range.
"We wanted to finish the series here," said Thompson, who scored 16
of his 18 points in the first half. "We didn't want to go back to
(Oakland for a Game 5)."
Kevin Durant returned to the Warriors' lineup after missing two
games with a left calf injury, and he scored 10 points and hit both
his 3-point attempts in just 20 minutes of action.
Damian Lillard scored 34 points and Al-Farouq Aminu had 25 for the
"(The Warriors) showed their championship pedigree tonight," Lillard
said. "When you can't sustain your mental focus against them, in
five minutes you can be down 25 points."
That nearly happened Monday night. Portland started 1 of 11 from the
field; the Warriors hit 12 of their first 14 attempts, and their
lead was 28-5 six minutes into the game.
"Indescribable," Portland coach Terry Stotts said of the Warriors'
start. "They came out energized, focused. We were slow to react and
couldn't get it going."
The Warriors hiked the difference to 41-13 with 2 1/2 minutes left
in the first quarter. With Curry scoring 21 points, Golden State
carried a 72-48 advantage into the half.
Golden State scored the first six points of the third
quarter to forge a 78-48 lead. The Warriors increased the edge to
91-58 on a Curry 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the third
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Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball over Portland
Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard (11) in game four of the first
round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit:
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
Portland got no closer than 23 points the rest of the way.
"That was unbelievable," acting Golden State coach Mike Brown said.
"Our guys were locked in on both ends of the floor. Everything we
did, we tried to do at a high level, and it worked."
Portland shot only 38.8 percent from the field and never made a
serious run at the Warriors.
"I think it was much more about them and how good they are," Stotts
said. "We didn't play as well as we need to, but they showed why
they're a championship team."
The Warriors wanted to end the series Monday night for several
"You don't want to let go of the rope and give the other team any
kind of confidence or momentum," Curry said. "The way we showed up
in the first quarter said a lot about our mindset and focus. The way
we played tonight on both ends of the floor is a great recipe for
success down the road -- moving the ball, swarming on defense,
turning defense into easy offense and using all the talent that we
have on the floor."
NOTES: The Warriors have won 17 of 19 regular-season and postseason
meetings with the Trail Blazers over the past three seasons. ...
Portland G CJ McCollum, who averaged 28 points in the first three
games of the series, went scoreless on 0-for-9 shooting in the first
half. He didn't hit his first field goal until early in the fourth
quarter, and he finished with six points on 2-for-12 shooting. ...
Portland coach Terry Stotts, asked what kind of difference F Kevin
Durant makes in the Golden State lineup: "It makes them a better
team. He's a challenge. (Former) MVP. Leading scorer. Versatile.
Maybe their best defender. So yeah, there's that." ... Warriors
coach Steve Kerr, still ailing from the effects of back problems,
watched the game on television from the team's locker room. He had
stayed behind at the team hotel for Game 3.
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