Warriors overcome Blazers late to take 2-0 lead in West
by Jaelle Nevin Reyes, May 17, 2019 1:47pm
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The Golden State Warriors ignited their offense late in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals as they toppled the Portland Trail Blazers, 114-111, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on Friday (Philippine time).
Despite being down by 15 points, 50-65, going into the break, the Warriors still managed to take their second-straight win and take a commanding 2-0 advanatage in the series at their home stadium.
The defending NBA Champions went as far back as 17 points but able to pull themselves out of the cellar with a 39-point explosion at the end of the third period to put the squads in a 89-all deadlock.
However, the hot offense of the Blazers went to work in the early moments of the final canto to pace their side by as much as eight points ahead by the heroics of Draymond Green denied them of the victory.
Green cashed in an impressive tally of 16 points, including the deciding layup off an assist by Stephen Curry with less than a minute left, together with 10 rebounds to complete his double-double performance.
Meanwhile, Curry also made his dominance felt in the ball game after flirting with a triple-double with a total output of 37 markers, eight rebounds, and eight assists.
Backcourt man Klay Thompson continued his consistent performance for the Warriors with 24 points including four conversions from deep while Kevon Looney added 14 poitns and seven rebounds.
The duo of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard led the Blazers offense with a combined haul of 45 points but was unable to steer their side to victory before the final buzzer.
The Warriors and the Blazers will be continuing their conference finals series with back-to-back games at the Moda Center in Oregon with Game Three to be played on Sunday, May 19 (Philippine time).
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