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Warriors whip Portland at home in opener of West semifinals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 37 points in another brilliant performance as fellow “Splash Brother” Stephen Curry watched injured, and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.
Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.
With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more 3-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in three straight playoff games.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
TRAIL BLAZERS-WARRIORS EJECTIONS
Blazers’ Henderson, Warriors’ Varejao ejected for 2 techs
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson and Golden State Warriors reserve center Anderson Varejao were ejected late in the third quarter of Sunday’s Game 1 in the Western Conference semifinals after getting into it for a second time and receiving two technical fouls.
With 15.1 seconds remaining in the third, Henderson was standing in the corner near the Warriors’ bench after Varejao had been subbed out of the game. The two continued jawing and were hit with their second technicals for automatic ejections.
A few minutes earlier, at the 3:29 mark of the third, Varejao tripped Henderson after they collided and the Portland guard jumped up, pointing a finger at his opponent’s face. After a review, they both got Ts.
Royals snap losing streak with 4-1 win against Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Eric Hosmer homered, Ian Kennedy took a shutout into the sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals ended a long scoreless streak and a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Lorenzo Cain had an RBI single and scored a run, Alex Escobar had three hits and also scored for the Royals, who had been shut out in the first two games of this series.
Kennedy gave up four hits and struck out six in five-plus innings. He loading the bases in the sixth on two singles and a walk. Danny Duffy got two quick outs before Chris Iannetta hit a run-scoring single. However, Jarrod Dyson easily threw out Robinson Cano at home trying to score a second run.
Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
Taijuan Walker (2-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings for Seattle.
Valeri scores winner in Timbers’ 2-1 win over Toronto
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Diego Valeri scored on a free kick in the 74th minute to give the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC Sunday.
The winning goal, which gave Portland a three-match undefeated streak and snapped Toronto’s three-game run without a loss, came on Valeri’s birthday.
Portland took the early lead with a goal on in the 17th minute on a nice series from Darren Mattocks to Valeri and then to Fanendo Adi in the middle of the box for the goal. It was Adi’s seventh goal of the season, tying him with San Jose’s San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski for the league lead.
Former Timbers player Will Johnson scored for Toronto in the 40th minute, rushing in on a loose ball and beating diving Portland goal keeper Jake Gleeson.
The match capped an eight-game trip for Toronto FC to open the season while BMO Field is renovated. The Reds went (3-3-2) over that span.
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