Oakland, California — Stephen Curry shot nine 3-pointers, gaining 36 points which resulted in the Golden State Warriors emerging victorious against the Portland Trail Blazers by 22 points, with the final result being 116–94 in the first match of the Western Conference finals that took place on Tuesday. Warriors won the match, even though they played without Kevin Durant, who had been injured once again.
Curry managed to shoot 12 for 23 from the field in what was his fourth 30-point performance during this postseason. This game enabled him to find a lot more open look in comparison to the last match against Houston. Curry, who twice proved himself as the most valuable N.B.A. player, beat the Portland duo composed of C. J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, who went 11 for 31 and were confronted by a strong defensive play of the Golden State Warriors.
Klay Thompson earned the Warriors 26 points, a delayed one-handed slam included. Draymond Green performed exceptionally on both ends of the court for the Warriors, who were already well-rested, and ended with, 10 rebounds, 12 points, 3 blocks, 5 assists, and 2 steals.
Lillard gained 19 points in Oakland, his home town, just a few miles from the place where he had grown up. McCollum scored 17 but missed five of the six 3-pointers he had, as the Blazers shot only 7 for 28 from a distance.
Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday night, and the Warriors will most probably play without Durant, who was twice the winning N.B.A. finals M.V.P. and is likely not to recover from the strained calf on his right leg. Durant’s status will be updated during that day after his re-examination.
Curry managed to achieve the goal he set last year during finals in the first game against Cleveland by shooting nine 3-pointers.