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Warriors move on with a sweep of the Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Long after the Trail Blazers had left their court, many of Golden State's players celebrated on the floor at the Moda Center to the delight of a rather large contingent of yellow-clad fans who chanted ''War-ri-ors! War-ri-ors!''

The first-round sweep was sweet, even in Portland's house.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points and Golden State beat the Blazers 128-103 on Monday night to advance to the conference semifinals. The Warriors will face the winner of the series between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, which is tied at 2.

Golden State was energized despite playing for the second straight game without coach Steve Kerr, who has been experiencing a flare-up of symptoms stemming from back surgery a couple of years ago. Assistant Mike Brown has served as head coach in Kerr's absence.

But the Warriors saw the return of forward Kevin Durant, who hadn't played since Game 1 because of a strained left calf. He started and the Warriors built a 72-48 lead by the end of the opening half.

Golden State pushed the margin to 33 points in the second half. Curry swished a 31-foot 3-pointer that made it 104-77 late in the third quarter and the Blazers couldn't catch up.

Durant finished with 10 points in just under 21 minutes. All of Golden State's starters were in double figures.

''That was unbelievable. Our guys were locked in on both ends of the floor. I wish I could say this one thing or that one thing was really good but everything we tried to do, we tried to do it on a high level,'' Brown said. ''It was fun to watch. Fun to be a part of.''

Damian Lillard scored 34 points for the Blazers, who were making their fourth straight appearance in the playoffs. The crowd at the Moda Center gave Lillard a standing ovation when he came out with 6:12 to play.

Last season, the Warriors defeated the Blazers 4-1 in the second round. Curry missed the first three games of that series with a sprained MCL in his right knee, but returned in time to take the series back to Golden State and advance. The Warriors, who won the NBA title in 2015, fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games in the Finals last year.

The Warriors were still without Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain), and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain). Livingston hasn't played since Game 1 and Barnes has been sidelined the whole series.

The Blazers led Game 3 by as many as 17 points in the first half - sparked by the return of big man Jusuf Nurkic. But the lead slipped away in the third quarter and the deeper Warriors prevailed 119-113.

Nurkic, who had missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two playoff games because of a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg, finished with two points and 11 rebounds. He was ruled out of Monday's game.

The Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the start. Durant's dunk extended the lead to 22-3 and the rout was on. JaVale McGee made a highlight-reel alley-oop dunk in route to a 45-22 lead after the opening quarter.

''We knew if we threw the first punch, we knew that it would overwhelm them a bit, especially being up 3-0,'' Durant said.

It was the most points ever in a quarter for Golden State in a playoff game, and matched the NBA record for most first-quarter points in a playoff game.

Lillard shouldered most of the burden for the Blazers with 21 points in the half, but backcourt partner CJ McCollum was scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting and Portland trailed 72-48 at the break.

''They came out really energized, focused. They showed their championship pedigree,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. ''We were slow to react to it and we just couldn't get it going. And we didn't play nearly as well as they needed to and they showed why they're a championship team.''

The Warriors showed no signs of slowing in the third. Curry's 3-pointer pushed Golden State's lead to 91-58.

''We're very confident about who we are and how were going to be successful,'' Curry said.

TIP-INS

Warriors: The previous time the Warriors swept a playoff series was in 2015 against New Orleans. ... Golden State has swept six playoff series in franchise history, but this was the third four-game sweep ... The Warriors improved to 12-1 in the first round over the past three postseasons.

Trail Blazers: The only other time the Blazers had been swept in a seven-game playoff series was in the 1999 Western Conference Final against San Antonio. ... The Blazers fell 3-0 in the first round to the Lakers in the 2000 playoffs. ... Meyers Leonard made his first career playoff start at center but played for just more than 10 minutes with no points.

AILING KERR: Kerr announced on Sunday that he would not be on the sideline for Game 4. However, he was at the Moda Center for Monday's game. Brown said beforehand he expected Kerr would be watching from the locker room.

It is unclear how long he might be out. The 51-year-old coach still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries after the franchise's run to the 2015 championship.

UP NEXT

The Warriors await the winner of the series between the Jazz and the Clippers. Portland heads into the offseason.

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Key Players
K. Durant
35 SF
C. McCollum
3 SG
34.9 Min. Per Game 34.9
23.2 Pts. Per Game 23.2
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
54.4 Field Goal % 47.6
53.8 Three Point % 47.9
86.2 Free Throw % 92.2
  Defensive rebound by Zaza Pachulia 0:16
  Meyers Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 2 Damian Jones made layup, assist by Patrick McCaw 0:26
+ 2 Pat Connaughton made driving layup, assist by Tim Quarterman 0:42
  Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh 0:50
  Ian Clark missed jump shot 0:52
  Defensive rebound by Zaza Pachulia 1:01
  Tim Quarterman missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:03
  Defensive rebound by Meyers Leonard 1:11
  Zaza Pachulia missed jump shot 1:13
+ 3 Jake Layman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pat Connaughton 1:34
Points 128 103
Field Goals 46-86 (53.5%) 33-85 (38.8%)
3-Pointers 17-29 (58.6%) 13-39 (33.3%)
Free Throws 19-27 (70.4%) 24-29 (82.8%)
Total Rebounds 56 49
Offensive 6 7
Defensive 39 32
Team 11 10
Assists 27 14
Steals 7 7
Blocks 9 3
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 15 20
Technicals 0 1
S. Curry PG 30
37 PTS, 7 REB, 8 AST
D. Lillard PG 0
34 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST
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1 Warriors 4-0 45273422128
8 Trail Blazers 0-422263223103
Team Stats
Warriors 4-0 118.3 PPG 45.8 RPG 27.8 APG
Trail Blazers 0-4 101.5 PPG 44 RPG 15.8 APG
Key Players
S. Curry PG 28.6 PPG 5.5 RPG 5.6 APG 50.2 FG%
D. Lillard PG 27.8 PPG 4.5 RPG 3.3 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Curry PG 37 PTS 7 REB 8 AST
D. Lillard PG 34 PTS 1 REB 6 AST
53.5 FG% 38.8
58.6 3PT FG% 33.3
70.4 FT% 82.8
Warriors
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 29 37 7 8 2 0 4 0 12/20 7/11 6/7 2 5 58 +29
D. Green 33 21 6 4 1 3 2 2 7/11 5/8 2/4 0 6 37 +38
K. Thompson 30 18 2 1 0 0 0 0 6/13 3/5 3/4 0 2 22 +36
Z. Pachulia 18 11 7 1 1 0 0 2 4/6 0/0 3/3 0 7 21 +32
K. Durant 20 10 3 2 1 2 3 0 4/7 2/2 0/0 0 3 17 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 29 37 7 8 2 0 4 0 12/20 7/11 6/7 2 5 58 +29
D. Green 33 21 6 4 1 3 2 2 7/11 5/8 2/4 0 6 37 +38
K. Thompson 30 18 2 1 0 0 0 0 6/13 3/5 3/4 0 2 22 +36
Z. Pachulia 18 11 7 1 1 0 0 2 4/6 0/0 3/3 0 7 21 +32
K. Durant 20 10 3 2 1 2 3 0 4/7 2/2 0/0 0 3 17 +25
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. West 16 12 2 4 1 0 0 2 5/6 0/0 2/2 0 2 23 -3
A. Iguodala 23 5 5 5 1 0 0 1 2/5 0/1 1/2 0 5 21 +1
J. McGee 9 4 3 0 0 3 0 4 2/4 0/0 0/1 1 2 10 -3
I. Clark 21 4 4 1 0 0 1 0 1/5 0/0 2/2 0 4 9 -7
J. McAdoo 10 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/1 0/2 1 1 6 -7
D. Jones 6 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 0 4 -6
P. McCaw 19 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 2 5 -10
K. Looney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Livingston - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 128 45 27 7 9 10 15 46/86 17/29 19/27 6 39 233 +125
Trail Blazers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 41 34 1 6 1 0 4 4 12/24 2/6 8/9 1 0 44 -31
E. Turner 20 7 2 1 3 0 1 0 2/7 1/4 2/2 0 2 13 -27
C. McCollum 30 6 5 1 0 1 2 3 2/12 0/4 2/2 0 5 12 -29
M. Harkless 15 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 0 4 -13
M. Leonard 10 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 3 2 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 41 34 1 6 1 0 4 4 12/24 2/6 8/9 1 0 44 -31
E. Turner 20 7 2 1 3 0 1 0 2/7 1/4 2/2 0 2 13 -27
C. McCollum 30 6 5 1 0 1 2 3 2/12 0/4 2/2 0 5 12 -29
M. Harkless 15 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 0 4 -13
M. Leonard 10 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 3 2 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Aminu 34 25 7 1 2 1 3 3 7/12 5/9 6/8 2 5 34 -10
S. Napier 16 14 2 2 0 0 0 3 4/11 3/7 3/4 1 1 20 +6
A. Crabbe 24 7 3 0 0 0 0 1 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 3 10 -7
J. Layman 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 0 0 3 +3
N. Vonleh 32 3 14 0 0 1 0 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 12 18 -7
P. Connaughton 5 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 7 +3
T. Quarterman 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 +1
E. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ezeli - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nurkic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 103 39 14 7 3 11 20 33/85 13/39 24/29 7 32 169 -125