CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Golden State Warriors are proving they don’t need Kevin Durant to win their opening series.
Durant sat out Wednesday night’s 110-81 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers. Coach Steve Kerr said before the game he didn’t want to risk further injury to Durant, who suffered a calf strain in the second half of Game 1. Durant previously missed 19 games with a bone bruise and strained MCL in his left leg.
Stephen Curry (pictured) scored 19 points and JaVale McGee came off the bench with 15 points to coast past Portland.
Here is a look back at Wednesday’s NBA Playoffs, which included the Warriors’ statement, Russell Westbrook’s historic night and a splash made in the nation’s capital.
By Matt Goul, cleveland.com
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MAKE A SPLASH
In addition to Curry’s 19 points, Klay Thompson added 16 in Golden State’s decisive win without Durant.
With Durant’s injury trouble this season, does that change your view of the playoff picture?
WHAT’S HISTORY WORTH?
Russell Westbrook already averaged a triple-double this season, making him the frontrunner for league MVP honors. He had another triple-double Wednesday and set a playoff record for most points while doing so.
Westbrook didn’t care afterward.
He scored 51 points with 13 assists and 10 rebounds, but the Thunder’s 115-111 loss in Houston means they are in a 2-0 hole against the Rockets.
“I don’t give a (expletive) about the line,” Westbrook said to the Oklahoman. “We lost.”
• John Wall, Washington: The Wizards point guard scored 32 points for the second straight game, handing Washington a 2-0 lead against Atlanta with a 109-101 win. Wall’s scoring efforts are a playoff-career high.
• Bradley Beal, Washington: Beal and Wall combined for 63 points Wednesday night. Beal’s 31 points followed a 22-point effort in Game 1. His 31 is just off his career-playoff high of 34 in 2015 against Atlanta.
• Houston’s bench: Eric Gordon scored 22 points and Lou Williams added 21, as the pair of guards each shot 8-of-14 and knocked down three 3-pointers. Houston beat Oklahoma City, 115-111, behind James Harden’s 35 points while overcoming Russell Westbrook’s 51.