Warriors Rally in Fourth for 2-0 Series Lead on Portland
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 27 points and gave Golden State its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 5:33 left, and the Warriors rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Draymond Green added 17 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots in another win without injured MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined with a sprained MCL in his right knee.
Game 3 is Saturday in Portland, and the reigning MVP might be back for that one.
NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala's two free throws at 7:25 trimmed the Blazers' lead to 91-88 and Thompson's 3 at 6:44 tied it, igniting the sellout crowd inside deafening Oracle Arena as the defending champions erased an early 17-point deficit.
Warriors' Varejao says tripping Henderson not intentional
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State backup big man Anderson Varejao insists he didn't deliberately trip Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.
Yet after watching the replay, he understands it sure looked like he did it on purpose.
Portland coach Terry Stotts called it a "dirty play" on Monday. Then Tuesday, the NBA ruled it a Flagrant 1 foul on Varejao.
The 33-year-old Varejao, a 12th-year NBA veteran from Brazil, says "I would never try to hurt anybody, I would never do that."
He and Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter of Sunday's game after receiving their second technical fouls. Both were hit with a technical at the 3:29 mark of the third when Varejao tripped Henderson after they collided. Henderson jumped up, pointing a finger at his opponent's face. They kept jawing a few minutes later and were tossed with 15.1 seconds left in the period.