The Golden State Warriors became the second team to advance to the second round of this season’s playoffs as they eased past the Portland Trail Blazers 128-103, completing a four-game sweep.

Coming into this game there were some questions on whether Golden State’s focus would be impaired with coach Steve Kerr once again not on the sidelines. Those questions were answered within minutes of the first quarter as the Warriors started off the game on a 28-5 run. Portland seemed stunned by the early lead as they did not score a point until almost four minutes into the game.

Jusuf Nurkic’s absence was already proving to be detrimental for Portland. Missing him has been difficult for the Blazers all series as Nurkic was a big part of their push to make the playoffs. He did feature in game three and he played quite well, but he was on a minutes restriction which again hurt the team.

By the end of the first quarter Golden State were up 45-22, a points total that tied for the highest team scoring first quarter in NBA playoff history. In the same quarter, the Warriors drained eight three-pointers which also tied a playoff record for most threes in a quarter. Stephen Curry clearly wanted the rest before round two as he had 12 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Klay Thompson also had nine points and Kevin Durant had seven, they also played a big part of the early lead.

To open the second quarter Damian Lillard scored 10 straight points for the hosts, bringing them within 15 points. With no help offensively Lillard couldn’t keep them that close for long, he was the only Trail Blazer to score in the first six minutes of the second quarter. As well as the Warriors were playing, this would have been the time for Portland to battle back. However, C.J. McCollum had a miserable shooting night and was a non-factor the entire game. They really needed him or someone to put up points in that second quarter. To end the half the score was 72-48

In the third it was more of the same, Golden State scoring at will and Lillard single handedly trying to keep his team alive. He got a slight contribution from Al-Farouq Aminu who had 11 points in the quarter. Despite this, Curry continued to make his shots, dropping 16 points in the quarter, giving him 37 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists for the game. Curry also shot 7-of-11 from three which tied him for 9th on the all-time playoff three-pointers list with Robert Horry. After three quarters Golden State was on top 106-80.

When the fourth quarter came around it was all but over, as Durant and Curry didn’t feature. Both teams starters were on the bench by the six minute mark, showing how much of a blowout really occurred. The final margin of victory was 25 points.

This win completes the sweep for the Warriors, who join the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round. In the next round, Golden State will either play the Utah Jazz or Los Angeles Clippers depending on the outcome of that series. As for Portland we will have to see if they can improve next season with this roster or whatever changes are made this offseason.

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