May 03, 2016

    No Curry but Warriors still too hot for Portland


    KLAY Thompson and Draymond Green made sure the Golden State Warriors barely missed injured superstar Stephen Curry on Sunday in a 118-106 victory over Portland in the first game of their NBA Western Conference second-round play-off series.

    Thompson scored 37 points and Green notched the first post-season triple-double of his career as the reigning champions Warriors leapt to a quick lead and never looked back on their home floor in Oakland, California.

    Thompson drained a three-pointer 17 seconds into the contest and the Warriors rolled from there.

    He scored 18 of his 37 points in the first quarter - when Portland scored just 17 points in total.

    The Warriors led 37-17 after the first frame, and the Trail Blazers never got the gap under nine points.

    Australian big man Andrew Bogut delivered a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, as did Harrison Barnes. Shaun Livingston, starting in place of Curry, chipped in with 12 points.

    Curry watched from the sidelines, and indicated he would like to be back on the floor by Game 3 on Saturday.

    Golden State coach Steve Kerr was making no promises about the return of Curry, who sprained a knee ligament in Game 4 of the first-round series against Houston.

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

    "We just got into a good groove and that carried over to tonight. Our guys have an understanding of how we have to play without Steph."