So close. The Portland Trail Blazers led Golden State through most of the fourth quarter, but the Warriors pulled ahead in the final minutes to grab the win. (Box Score). The Warriors take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals.
A great first half leads to nothing. An energized Portland outplayed Golden State in the first half, finding their range to take a 17-point lead. All looked great. But...
A brutal third quarter tipped the scales. Portland laid an egg in the third, and were shoved all over the court by the far-more-aggressive Golden State. By the time Portland woke up, the lead was gone, and the teams were tied heading to the fourth.
A fourth-quarter collapse sealed their fate. Portland led by 8 in the second half of the fourth quarter, but then Golden State does what they do, finishing on a 14-3 run. Their defense shut down Portland, while their offense played like the Blazers’ defense didn’t exist. Portland had a chance to tie but Lillard had the ball stolen by Andre Iguodala
The teams head to Portland for Game 3 Saturday night.