Warriors Whip Portland at Home in Opener of West Semifinals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 37 points in another brilliant performance as fellow "Splash Brother" Stephen Curry watched injured, and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.
Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.
With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more 3-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in three straight playoff games.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
Blazers' Henderson, Warriors' Varejao ejected for 2 techs
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson and Golden State Warriors reserve center Anderson Varejao were ejected late in the third quarter of Sunday's Game 1 in the Western Conference semifinals after getting into it for a second time and receiving two technical fouls.
With 15.1 seconds remaining in the third, Henderson was standing in the corner near the Warriors' bench after Varejao had been subbed out of the game. The two continued jawing and were hit with their second technicals for automatic ejections.
A few minutes earlier, at the 3:29 mark of the third, Varejao tripped Henderson after they collided and the Portland guard jumped up, pointing a finger at his opponent's face. After a review, they both got Ts.