Golden State Warriors take 1-0 lead in semi-final series with the Portland Trail Blazers

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In the first ever playoff game between the two franchises, the Golden State Warriors came out on top at the Oracle Arena to take a 1-0 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers. 

The Warriors took a double-digit lead early on and never relented as they kept their opponents at arms length all night. The biggest margin of the evening was 26-points in favour of the defending champions, but Portland never gave up as the score finished 118-106.

Without Stephen Curry for the second straight game, Golden State turned to shooting guard Klay Thompson for inspiration and he duly delivered with a playoff-best scoring night.

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The 26-year-old shot 50 percent from the field - including seven buckets from downtown - for his 37 points, he also had five assists and as many rebounds. 

He was complimented by forward Draymond Green, who ended the game in the Bay with a triple-double, his second stats sheet stuff in postseason history.

He picked up his tenth assist in the fourth quarter and had a stats line of 23 points, 11 dimes, 13 boards and two rejections.

Every member of the Warriors' starting five reached double figures in the scoring category as Shaun Livingston had 12, Harrison Barnes ten and Andrew Bogut ten - the Australian also had three blocks.

Damian Lillard got himself back on track in the second half following a tough start to the night. He finished the game in his hometown with 30 points off 30.8 percent shooting. The point guard also provided five assists.

Backcourt partner C.J. McCollum had 12 points and failed to connect with any of his four attempts from downtown. 

Al-Farouq Aminu's 15, Maurice Harkless' ten and Allen Crabbe's 15 meant they all finished in double-figure points while Ed Davies provided a spark off the bench with his 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists before fouling out. 

Mason Plumlee had a tough night as he shot zero of seven from the field and picked up his only point of the game from the free throw line. 

During the contest, Curry said he was hopeful of returning for game three at the Moda Center, although it seems the medical staff in the Bay do not share his optimism. 

Game two takes place in Oakland at 3:30a.m. (UK time) on Wednesday morning.

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