The odds were heavily against the Portland Trail Blazers winning the Western Conference Finals heading into Game Three Saturday night. They were just down 0-2; not an insurmountable lead. But of the 72 teams that had also started a series 0-2, only five went on to win the series. However, after losing Game Three and falling behind 0-3, there isn’t much hope for them anymore. No one has ever overcome an 0-3 deficit to win a series.
At first, it looked like Portland had a real shot at winning the game. They led by as much as ten during the first. But a 10-2 Golden State run to close the quarter cut the lead down to two points, 29-27. However, in the second, it was all Portland again.
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The Trail Blazers quickly extended the lead in the second and pushed it out to 18-points with 2:28 to play in the half. Golden State was able to close the gap a little before the end of the half, but Portland still led by double digits, 66-53.
Things were looking good for the Trail Blazers at halftime. All they needed to do was pick up where they left off when the second half started.
The game remained close at the start of the third, but then everything fell apart a few minutes in. Over the last eight minutes of the quarter, the Warriors went on a 22-6 run. Heading into the fourth, Golden State was in the lead, 82-79.
Portland tied the game back up with the first shot of the quarter but otherwise didn’t come close to posing a threat in the fourth. They trailed by double digits for most of the quarter and went on to lose by 11-points, 110-99.
While Steph Curry led the way on the scoreboard with 36 points, the hero of the day was Draymond Green with a triple-double, 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. Klay Thompson struggled with his shot hitting just 8-2 and only one three-pointer but chipped in 19.
C.J. McCollum led the way for Portland with 23 points, and Damion Lillard had 19 points. The duo combined to go 5-19 from three-point range.
Game Four will be in Portland Monday night.