05/20 23:13 CDT Warriors beat Blazers 119-117 in OT for NBA Finals berth
Warriors beat Blazers 119-117 in OT for NBA Finals berth
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) --- The Golden State Warriors swept their way to a fifth
straight NBA Finals, getting triple-doubles from Stephen Curry and Draymond
Green in a 119-117 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday
Green had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, and made a key 3-pointer in
overtime. Curry added 37 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He and Green
became the first teammates to have triple-doubles in the same playoff game.
The Warriors will face the winner of the Eastern Conference finals between
Toronto and Milwaukee. The Bucks lead that series 2-1 with Game 4 on Tuesday
night in Canada.
The Warriors erased another big deficit, coming back from 17 down after erasing
an 18-point deficit in Game 3 and a 17-point hole in Game 2.
"We've been here before. We've seen everything, every experience you can
imagine. So we relied on that," Curry said.
Playing without Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors
became the first team to reach five straight finals since the Boston Celtics
went to 10 in a row from 1957-66.
Damian Lillard, playing with separated ribs, had 28 points and 12 assists for
Portland. He missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out in the extra period.
Meyers Leonard added a career-high 30 points along with 12 rebounds.
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