Warriors sweep Trail Blazers, Raptors claim key win
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 28, 2017,
Apr 28, 2017, 6:53
For the third game in row, Steph Curry top-scored for the 2015 Champions, scoring 37 points.
Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, Raptors shooting guard Norman Powell, starting for only the second time in the series, scored 25 points as Toronto defeated Milwaukee 118-93 to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round play-off matchup.
Nurkic, traded to Portland on February 12 from the Denver Nuggets, was averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20 regular-season games with the Blazers.
Klay Thompson added 18 points, Zaza Pachulia chipped in 11 and David West came off the bench to deliver 12 markers. The first half of his almost two-minute message was focused on congratulating Paul George and the Indiana Pacers after the Cavs completed their sweep of them on Sunday. "We didn't want to go back to (Oakland for a Game 5)".
Never allowing the Trail Blazers to find an offensive rhythm, the Warriors rolled to a 128-103 Game 4 triumph Monday night, completing a sweep of the first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Damian Lillard scored 34 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who were ousted from the playoffs by the Warriors for the second consecutive year.
"(The Warriors) showed their championship pedigree tonight", Lillard said.
We've entered the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1. Also, the rest of NBA Playoffs is still uncertain about Kerr's status.
"I'm really happy I come in a right place", Nurkic told NBA.com's David Aldridge at the beginning of the month. That's just what it is because they're going to be there, they're going to be there every year and we have to look at that and understand that we have to be better.
Golden State pushed the margin to 33 points in the second half.
Durant hadn't played since Game 1 because of a strained left calf.
The Warriors await the victor of the series between the Jazz and the Clippers. "Our guys were locked in on both ends of the floor". "Everything that we tried to do, we tried to do it at a high level and it worked".
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"He's obviously going through a lot physically, and that's first and foremost for him to take care of himself, make sure he's on the road to recovery and feeling like himself", Curry said of Kerr at the postgame podium. "And we didn't play almost as well as they needed to and they showed why they're a championship team".
Stephen Curry knows Kerr is undergoing some tough time, and the team have got his back. The Portland Trail Blazers have won eight of their last 10 home games.
Dwight Howard had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 boards as the Hawks topped the visiting Wizards, 111-101 to knot that series at two games apiece. It was a reminder of how last season's winningest team in National Basketball Association history added Kevin Durant.