Golden State's Durant Gets 32 Points, Beat Portland 121-109

The Warriors held an advantage in just about every statistical category in Game 1, even turnovers.

Portland isn't going to get many better performances from McCollum and Lillard this series.

Game 2 is on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., PST, at the Oracle.

One of the many reasons why Golden State is such a heavy favorite over Portland is because of the prevailing notion that McCollum and Lillard would prove major defensive liabilities. McCollum tied a franchise playoff record with 27 first-half points, while finishing with 41 and eight rebounds.

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"The way that Draymond protected the rim tonight was incredible", said Curry in his post game press conference. There was a little of everything: physical play, trash talk, deep 3-pointers, monster blocked shots and dazzling dunks.

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"Obviously you want to have everybody healthy, and we'll see how it goes tomorrow, but we've been in this situation very recently so understand next man up and the way that we need to play when certain guys are out", Stephen Curry said.

In the third quarter of a one-point game, the Trail Blazers were running down the floor with what looked to be an easy 2-on-1 fast break. He helped lead Golden State past a feisty Portland team to a 121-109 victory. They were almost unstoppable as McCollum finished with 41 points, and Lillard powered home 34 points.

"Green-a strong candidate for Defensive Player of the Year-finished the regular season ranked second in steals per game (2.0) behind John Wall (2.1) and 12th in blocks per game (1.4), despite standing at just 6'7".

"That's why I play is because I'm that jolt of energy", McGee said. It was an incredible effort from both players, as they picked up their level of play to match the intensity of the Warriors. According to KNBR.com's Sam Hustis, McCollum simply told Green he needed to hop back in the gym after the miss. For a guy like Green, who seemingly loves to talk trash, we should certainly expect to see plenty more of this as the National Basketball Association playoffs roll on. Shaun Livington (right finger sprain and hand contusion) and Matt Barnes (right ankle sprain) are also questionable. "We were able to feed off it until we were able to get our ground".

"To be determined", Stotts said.

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