Even without Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors still managed to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-99, in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday night at the Oracle Arena.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors offensive end by scoring 27 points and five three-point field goals. Draymond Green established a double-double, 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Andre Iguodala came off the bench with 15 points.
The Portland Trail Blazers seemed to be in control of the game after taking an 11-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter. However, the Warriors managed to find a way to close the gap and finally gain the lead in the remaining seconds of the game.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports, Steve Kerr’s decision to replace Andrew Bogut with Festus Ezeli became a huge factor in breaking the Portland’s defense resulting for Green, Barnes and Iguodala to take advantage of the offensive end.
Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with team-high 25 points together with his backcourt partner C.J. McCollum, who scored 22 points. Despite the high-scoring performance, Lillard failed to help the team scores in the crucial parts of the game giving them a 2-0 deficit in their series against the Warriors.
It was not an easy game for the Warriors, but they have proven that they are still a dangerous team even without the reigning MVP, Stephen Curry, on their side.
ESPN reported that Curry was already practicing a light shooting without movement on his injured right knee and he is expecting to be ready for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.
“To me they’re pretty good, so I’ll do anything I can this week to make that happen,” Curry said.
Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers will be on Saturday at the Moda Center.
Here are some of the game highlights in Game 2 between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers:
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