The Golden State Warriors booked a ticket to the Western Conference finals after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers, 125-121 on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) at the Oracle Arena. They clinched the series by winning four games in their best-of-seven match-up against Portland.
Back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry drained a dagger trey to give the Warriors a 121-116 lead with 24.9 seconds left to play. He then made four more free throws to bag the game for Golden State. He finished the night with 29 markers, five boards, and a team-high 11 assists.
Klay Thompson continued his brilliant playoff game as he top scored for the Warriors with 33 points. Draymond Green also added 13 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.
The Warriors had another slow start as they trailed by as many as 11 points in the second quarter. In the third quarter, both teams began hitting shots from beyond the arc. For every triple made by the Blazers, Thompson and Curry responded. By the end of the third period, the Warriors were on top, 93-91.
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In the fourth quarter, Curry took over and drained triples and layups. He scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth.
Damian Lillard paced the Blazers with 28 points, but he shot just 7-of-24 from the field. CJ McCollum finished with 27 points on 11-for-23 shooting. Three other Blazers also scored in double figures in the loss.
The fifth-seeded Portland presented a tough challenge to the defending champions, so kudos to them. Golden State will now face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals on Monday, May 16. OKC earlier won their series against the San Antonio Spurs, 4-2.