Thanks in large part to the outstanding second half play of Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors managed to walk away from Thursday night’s Western Conference Finals matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 114-111 victory. As a result, the Dubs are now leading the series, 2-0.
The Warriors were trailing the Blazers by 15 points at halftime. It wasn’t looking good, but a 39-point third quarter pulled Golden State level after three quarters of play, 89-89.
Portland had a shot at tying the game with roughly 12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but Andre Iguodala had other plans. Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard brought the ball up the floor with no timeouts, took a few dribbles near the three-point line in an attempt to get a clean look, then went up for a shot. Be it by fate or by skill, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala managed to block Lillard’s shot attempt, ending Portland’s hopes of sending the game into overtime.
Andre Iguodala sealed the Warriors’ win with the steal on Damian Lillard in the closing seconds. Golden State goes up 2-0. #NBAPlayoffs
— USA TODAY NBA (@usatodaynba) May 17, 2019
Curry really had his shot going on Thursday night. The former Davidson standout logged 39 minutes, scoring 37 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field (4-of-14 from beyond the arc), eight assists and eight rebounds. He also knocked down all 11 of his shots from the free-throw line.
Thursday’s outing marked Curry’s second consecutive game with 36 or more points. According to a report from Drew Shiller of Warriors Outsiders, the last time Curry scored 36 or more points in consecutive games came during Golden State’s 2016-17 campaign:
The last time Steph Curry scored 36+ points in back-to-back games before tonight:
-Jan. 28, 2017 = 43 points
-Feb. 1, 2017 = 39 points https://t.co/sn4IXIfG0D
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 17, 2019
According to ESPN’s statistics, the Warriors are 31-4 in the postseason when Curry scores 30 or more points. Let’s see if he can maintain this level of production going forward.
The Warriors and Trail Blazers will meet for Game 3 on Saturday night. Tip-off inside the Moda Center is set for 9:00 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.