JULIANNA DONAHUE | Staff Writer
Starting out their first game of the season without star player Steph Curry, this looked like it was going to be a tough game for the Golden State Warriors. Despite this they managed to stay strong throughout the first quarter with an 11-2 score.
It was in the last five minutes of the second quarter that they seemed to slow down. According to ESPN, “We started off the game great, everything was going well for us offensively and defensively, then we kind of let go of the rope the last five minutes of the second quarter,” player Draymond Green said. “And from there, it was a dogfight.”
Entering the second half, the Trail Blazers hadn’t given up either, managing to create a down three entering intermission. It was in the third and fourth quarters that things really got intense. Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, grabbed the ball from Blazers player Al-Farouq Aminu, bounced it off his face, where it sailed out of bounds. Soon after, Iguodala knocked in a step-back contested three-pointer, which gave the Warriors a nine point cushion. Iguodala wasn’t done however, he continued to sprint around the court and put in another three points. According to ESPN, Warriors coach, Steve Kerr, said “Andre’s finish to the third quarter was huge and really gave us the separation that we needed.”
In the fourth quarter, the Trail Blazers regained some of their lost momentum and tied the game with six minutes remaining. Warriors player Klay Thompson hit a dagger to give the Warriors a seven point advantage with only 37.5 seconds left in the game.
It wasn’t over, however.
Thompson hit four free throws down the stretch to keep it a two-possession game. But Blazers guard Evan Turner scored a quick layup to cut it to two. Kevin Durant was called for a push off with 5.5 seconds left as the Warriors tried to inbound the ball. This gave the Trail Blazers a shot at stealing the game.
After a timeout, Turner received the ball and Durant lost his balance and fell to the ground. Turner had a wide-open 3, but it clanked off the rim.
The game was now over with a final score of 111-113.
Thompson finished with 27 points, Iguodala with 12 points, and Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, who is the league’s seventh highest scorer, finished with 19 points.
The Warriors dominated over the Trail Blazers in the seasons series 4-0.