Warriors beat Trail Blazers, Wizards defeat Hawks

Pat Connaughton's 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 33-22 lead early in the second quarter, but the Pelicans took a 47-46 lead late on Alexis Ajinca's dunk. Golden State Warriors might have the splash brothers but it was evident that the Trail Blazers duo is giving them a problem.

It worked. Like magic.

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The second day of NBA Playoffs began with an exciting matchup between the number 1 seed Golden State Warriors against the offensive juggernaut, Portland Trail Blazers. In a quarter, if you have six turnovers and shoot 30 percent in the quarter, it's going to be rough. Don't believe us? Take it from Lillard, who told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick, "It's about playing right at the right time, playing well at the right time, and we believe that we can beat anybody".

But the Warriors opened the fourth frame with a 15-2 scoring run to seize control. The Warriors and Trail Blazers series will be a re-run of the Conference Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs 2016, when the Warriors won the series 4-1. Draymond had an impact on the game at the rim and in the paint.

In a game that featured 15 ties and 22 lead changes, Green reinforced why some consider him the Warriors' most indispensable player.

On a day Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum put on a dazzling display of shot-making for Portland, the NBA's top-seeded team of superstars found its touch down the stretch and defended with objective.

The Portland Trailblazers will have mixed emotions about their 121-109 Game 1 loss, as they'll be disappointed with the loss but quietly confident that they can do some damage in this series.

What Green did not do was part the sea or turn water to wine. The risk paid off, though, as the Trail Blazers kept the deficit within a couple of baskets throughout the first quarter.

"Draymond was incredible", Kerr assured. "He made some tremendous defensive plays. We were moving the ball, passing it and rebounding was the key", he said. He had nine assists.

Portland lost any chance of stealing Game One against a Warriors team that just got Kevin Durant back from injury. "Who else can do what Draymond did tonight?" He's so unique and so important to us. ". We're playing our best basketball right now and that has given us a lot of confidence". Portland guards Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who combined for 62 points through three quarters, managed 13 in the fourth. Both blocks turned the Warriors bench into a flash mob, while sending the crowd into hysterics.

Still, he could have avoided the question by saying something like, "I'm not going into that", so he is at least a little confident about taking down the top team in the West. "So when you actually come up with the block, it is a bit more excitement". Green came weak side and showcased his ideal timing and sent the dunk attempt back where it came from. "So you've got to have a rough guy like him out there".

The victor of this series will go on to meet the victor of the LA Clippers / Utah Jazz series.

  • Julie Sanders