Portland gave away 40 minutes of great game in which he tame the Warriors in the Oracle Arena, but in the end the logic prevailed and the team of Steve Kerr stepped on the accelerator to win. He did it with Ian Clark as a surprise guest. He broke the game.
The encounter was very even, with the light in 92-90 to 9:49 of the end. From there, partial 11-0 in 2 minutes and 31 seconds to place the score in a clearer 103-90. With Ian Clark getting 7 of those 11 points. Then, Portland did not lose face to the game, but was unable to stand at the same time as his rival.
Golden State 121 Portland 109 (1-0)
Warriors really suffered to win, had to work well the victory, based on putting all its troops to do well what they do best.
The first quarter (32-27) already traced the proper names of the party. On the local side, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, with Draymond Green already pointing ways. In the visitor, the ubiquitous C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard were everything.
The locals did not take off in the second quarter and the break came with a surprising 56 draw. By then, McCollum -27 points- and Lillard -21- made up 48 of their team’s 56 points and had only 1 assist! They absorbed everything. The ball was his and they were taking full advantage of it.
The Blazers, without Jusuf Nurkic, continued to fight in the second half and did not falter until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. The home defense tightened and that was noticed. In fact, Blazers stayed at 21 points in the last 12 minutes for that extra Warriors work in the rear.
In the end, local win with 32 points and 10 rebounds of Kevin Durant, fine in the shot, 29 points of Stephen Curry and 15 of Klay Thompson. But above all, with a match of Draymond Green, author of 19 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 smacks and 3 steals. He threw little and well, and he put 3 triples at the same time that he defended with his well-known intensity.
In Portland, tremendous McCollum and Lillard. The escort had 41 points and 8 rebounds. The base scored 34 points. Only with a certain strength Evan Turner, who signed a double-double in a meritorious match of Portland Trail Blazers. Very meritorious.