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Warriors destroy Trail Blazers in Game 2 without Kevin Durant

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers' Evan Turner during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

No Kevin Durant, no problem.

The Golden State Warriors cruised to a 110-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in a Game 2 that was only briefly competitive. The Warriors ran out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter before playing a sluggish start to the second quarter, with the Blazers charging back to cut the deficit to one. But Golden State recovered for a nine-point halftime lead, and the third quarter turned into a bloodbath.

The Warriors’ defense choked the life out of the hapless Blazers by allowing just 12 third-quarter points, tying a playoff franchise record. The highlight was an emphatic block of Damian Lillard that led to a Klay Thompson triple at the other end:

The Warriors weren’t even at their best offensively in this one. Thompson and Stephen Curry combined to shoot just 12-of-35 overall and 7-of-20 from 3 for 35 points. Draymond Green shot only 1-of-5 from the field.

But Green was superb in every other facet of the game. He recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and he also blocked three shots for Golden State’s dominant defense. Portland shot only 33.3 percent, with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combining to shoot 9-of-34 after a huge Game 1 effort.

The Warriors also got a standout performance from JaVale McGee. McGee made all seven of his shots for 15 points, and he blocked four shots. He was a +19 in only 13 minutes of action.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Durant sit out Game 3 in Portland on Saturday thanks to this commanding 2-0 lead, even with the extra rest day.

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