Portland goes to appear again in this as a recreation — possibly THE street recreation — they will have to have gained.
Then again, the historical past books will document this as some other recreation the place the Warriors had been dominant within the 3rd quarter, were given 61 issues from the Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, had Draymond Inexperienced and Andre Iguodala taking part in nice protection, and the champions simply made extra performs down the stretch and gained. As they’ve executed such a lot of occasions ahead of.
Golden State hung on for a dramatic 114-111 win that has them accountable for the collection up 2-Zero heading to Portland for Sport three Saturday.
“We stole that recreation,” Warriors trainer Steve Kerr stated in a while. “I assumed they outplayed us for a lot of the evening, the vast majority of the evening, however we introduced sufficient aggressive hearth to conquer their nice play.”
Curry carried the Warriors offense for stretches of the evening and completed with 37 issues, even though hitting simply Four-of-14 from 3. Thompson had 24 issues, whilst Inexperienced had 16 issues, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and had his absolute best recreation of those playoffs.
Damian Lillard led Portland with 23, whilst C.J. McCollum had 22. Seth Curry had 16 off the bench plus made a pair excellent defensive performs on his brother.
Portland used to be in keep watch over via a lot of the primary 1/2. A part of that used to be the Warriors returning to their sloppy tactics with the ball — Golden State had 10 first-half turnovers resulting in 18 Portland issues — and appearing a loss of depth on protection.
Then again, the lead used to be extra about what Portland did proper, beginning with capturing 11-of-22 from 3 within the first 1/2. CJ McCollum had 16 issues, Damian Lillard performed inside of himself and treated the trapping protection with six assists and 0 turnovers, and so they had robust bench play with seven issues each and every from Seth Curry (who additionally had a scouse borrow from his brother) and Rodney Hood.
Extra importantly, within the first 1/2 — and in large part during the recreation — Portland wiped clean up the defensive problems that had been so evident in Sport 1. Bigs got here out somewhat upper to contest Curry and Thompson, but in addition guys did higher getting over monitors to problem.
Within the 3rd quarter, the Warriors got here out taking the sport extra significantly, cranking up their defensive depth, being a lot more competitive with their traps. Specifically, the Warriors locked in on Lillard, who were each a playmaker and a scorer, and made his existence harder. Inexperienced and Kevon Looney owned that finish of the courtroom. The protection sparked a 13-Zero run and the Warriors in short retook the lead, even though it used to be tied after 3.
The fourth used to be back-and-forth, however the Path Blazers had a six-point lead within the ultimate mins.
Then the Warriors, as they do, discovered some other degree of depth.
“We’ve executed this ahead of, I believe our revel in helped us,” Kerr stated.
That new degree of play used to be simply sufficient. And somewhat an excessive amount of for Portland.