Instant Replay: Draymond does it all, Warriors take Game 1 from Blazers

Instant Replay: Draymond does it all, Warriors take Game 1 from Blazers


OAKLAND -- After playing exceptional basketball over the final four weeks of the season, the Warriors entered the postseason Sunday afternoon looking very much like a team gone four days without a game.

They overcame early sloppiness with a fourth-quarter rally that carried them to a 121-109 victory over Portland before a sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.

The Game 1 win gives the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Kevin Durant pouring in 32 points and Stephen Curry putting in 29. Draymond Green finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, while Klay Thompson dropped in 15 points and Ian Clark added career playoff-high 12 off the bench.

The Warriors surrendered 19 points off 16 turnovers, but offset that with a 45-38 rebounding advantage, while shooting 53.8 percent to Portland’s 43.0 percent.

CJ McCollum led Portland with 41 points, while Damian Lillard put in 30.


As productive as Curry and Durant were on offense, Green was spectacular at both ends. A solid contributor on offense, his defensive energy stood out, particularly in the fourth quarter.

Green’s line: 19 points (6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-3 beyond the arc, 2-of-5 from the line), 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks and three steals. He played 37 minutes and finished a team-high plus-15.


With the score tied 88-88 after three quarters, the Warriors opened the fourth with a 9-2 run, going up 97-90 with 8:58 remaining and prompting the Blazers to call a timeout.

The Warriors poured in six more points, extending the rally to 15-2 before it was snapped by a 3-pointer by McCollum with 6:36 remaining.

In a game that featured 22 lead changes and 15 ties through three quarters, Portland never really threatened over the final six minutes.


Warriors: F Matt Barnes (R ankle/foot sprain) and F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) were listed as out.

Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) was listed as probable and upgraded to available. C Jusuf Nurkic (R leg fracture) was listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. G Tim Quarterman (concussion) was listed as questionable. C/F Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery) and C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) were listed as out.


The teams are set to meet Wednesday night for Game 2 at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

Warriors vs. Spurs live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Spurs live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

After falling to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, the Warriors are looking to avoid their first three-game losing trip on the road under coach Steve Kerr. Next on the schedule: the San Antonio Spurs.

The Warriors (12-5) and Spurs (7-7) each have battled injuries this season, and Golden State again will be without Draymond Green and Steph Curry. Both teams usually are atop the NBA Western Conference standings, but it hasn't been quite as easy this season.

So, can the Warriors overcome drama and injuries to win in San Antonio? We're about to find out.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Spurs, as well as the pregame and postgame coverage, live online. 

When: Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. PT (pregame show at 3 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
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Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage


Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN ANTONIO -- Even as the Warriors project unwavering confidence, alarms are ringing around them. They can silence some of the noise Sunday by beating the Spurs and avoiding their first winless three-game road trip under coach Steve Kerr.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3 p.m. PT with Warriors Pregame, and tipoff at AT&T Center is scheduled for 4:05.

The injury-ravaged Warriors (12-5) have lost four of their last six games, including two in a row for the first time since April. They’re coming off a 112-109 loss at Dallas on Saturday night.

The Spurs (7-7) also are are struggling, losing three in a row and five of their last six.


F Kevin Durant
F Jonas Jerebko
C Damian Jones/Kevon Looney
G Klay Thompson
G Quinn Cook

F DeMar DeRozan
F LaMarcus Aldridge
C Dante Cunningham
G Bryn Forbes
G Derrick White


C DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles tendon surgery rehab), G Stephen Curry (groin strain), F Draymond Green (toe sprain) and forward Alfonzo McKinnie (foot soreness) are listed as out.

F/C Davis Bertans (concussion protocol), C Pau Gasol (foot soreness), G Dejounte Murray (ACL surgery rehab) and G Lonnie Walker (medial meniscus tear) are listed as out.


Kerr made a lineup change against the Mavericks, with Kevon Looney replacing Damian Jones at center. Results were mixed, but Jones had the more impactful game. Looney, however, might be the better defender against San Antonio big man Aldridge.

Though Kerr might stay with Andre Iguodala starting at point guard, the coach has to consider going back to Cook inasmuch as the Warriors could use the offensive boost provided by his 50 percent shooting from deep. Cook’s presence also would create more room for Durant and Thompson.

The bench, as a group, was terrific Saturday in Dallas. Point guard Shaun Livingston and shooting guard Damion Lee and Cook had particularly strong games. If Cook doesn’t start, he still could play 20 to 25 minutes.

A roster makeover has given San Antonio an different look and partly explains whey coach Gregg Popovich is using more three-guard rotations than usual. Aldridge is the only consistent starter who was on the team last season.

DeRozan is playing well at shooting guard/small forward. Rudy Gay has been hampered by a tender heel, which caused him to leave the game early Thursday. He was not, however, on the injury list. If he’s healthy, he can make an impact.

Though point guard Patty Mills and shooting guard Marco Belinelli provide scoring off the bench, both can be exploited on defense. Their minutes are needed, but they also contribute an atypically bad defense -- San Antonio ranks 25th in field-goal percentage defense.