When the Golden State Warriors pulled off a comeback victory in Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers, the result of the Western Conference Finals was no longer in significant doubt. Still, there was work to be done for the reigning champs and, during Monday’s Game 4 face-off, the Blazers left nothing in the tank in pushing the Warriors to the brink. In the end, however, Golden State prevailed with a 119-117 overtime victory and that spelled the end of Portland’s season in sweep fashion.
The pace was blistering at the outset, with both sides zooming to strong offensive starts. Portland and Golden State each started with 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and defense was optional.
Part of that onslaught came from the Warriors’ trio of stars, with Draymond Green posting six assists in the first quarter and the team’s backcourt combining for 22 points.
On the Portland side, the story was Meyers Leonard, who connected from all corners of the floor to the tune of 14 points in the opening period.
All told, the Warriors shot 70 percent from the floor, including 6-of-10 from three, and the Blazers matched them with 60 percent shooting of their own to stay engaged. Then, Portland took control with an 8-0 run early in the second quarter and, moments later, Leonard connected on back-to-back threes to give the home team a 59-50 lead.
The Blazers led by as many as 12 points but that sizable edge wasn’t maintained, as Curry scored the final eight points of the half by himself to bring the Warriors within a four-point margin.