Warriors move on with a sweep of the Trail Blazers

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This game was never in doubt.

Curry's line: 37 points (12-of-20 shooting from the field, including 7-of-11 from beyond the arc, 6-of-7 from the line), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals. And even in his absence, we want to kind of live up to that. Much like the entire first-round series.

Damian Lillard had 34 points for Portland.

"He didn't do any further damage", Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said, per the Oregonian's Mike Richman. I understand that's what it is. The defending conference champion Warriors swept Portland in its fourth playoff appearance in as many years. "They came out energized, focused". I think about when the Pistons were just beating up on (Michael) Jordan and kicking his butt every year and he had to get through them if he wanted to get to where he wanted to go. The Warriors improved to 12-1 in the first round over the past three postseasons. With Curry scoring 21 points, Golden State carried a 72-48 advantage into the half. The 45 points set a franchise playoff record for most points in a first quarter and tied the National Basketball Association playoff record for points in a first quarter.

Noah Vonleh's dunk got Portland within four at 110-106 with 1:29 left, but Curry answered with his 3-pointer sent fans streaming for the exits.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors now await the victor of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series.

Mike Brown is more than capable of leading the Warriors
Warriors move on with a sweep of the Trail Blazers

If Kerr is out for an extended period, Brown's coaching could cost Golden State eventually - like maybe in the finals.

"That was unbelievable. Our guys were locked in on both ends of the floor", Brown told reporters after the game. "I wish I could say this one thing or that one thing was really good but everything we tried to do, we tried to do it on a high level", Brown said.

"I don't know if he can do this very much longer", one NBA associate close to Kerr told The Vertical on Sunday. If the Trail Blazers are to have any chance of winning tonight, they will need their players to step it up in the second half and try to contain Golden State's incredible roster.

"He's obviously going through a lot physically, and that's first and foremost for him to take care of himself, make sure he's on the road to recovery and feeling like himself", Curry said of Kerr at the postgame podium. They have a great understanding of how to play the game.

NOTES: The Warriors have won 17 of 19 regular-season and postseason meetings with the Trail Blazers over the past three seasons. Unfortunately, he also strained his calf in the game, though he did not come out. The defense was again front and center as the Blazers scored only 22 points to open the initial frame.

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