Friday, June 9, 2023

NBA Playoffs: Warriors edges Memphis, Bucks beats Celtics

Reserve guard Jordan Poole had 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to power Golden State over Memphis 117-116 in an NBA playoff series opener on Sunday despite the ejection of Draymond Green.
Klay Thompson sank the decisive 3-pointer with 36.6 seconds remaining and the Warriors denied Grizzlies playmaker Ja Morant twice in the final seconds. The Western Conference second round best-of-seven matchup will continue Tuesday at Memphis.
In Sunday’s Eastern Conference opener, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a triple double with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as the defending champion Bucks won 101-89 at Boston.
At Memphis, Curry added 24 points for Golden State while Andrew Wiggins had 17 and Thompson 15.
Morant had 34 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and Jaren Jackson had 33 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis.
The Warriors were delivered a major setback when forward Green, a star defender in Golden State’s title runs in 2015, 2017 and 2018, was ejected in the second quarter for a flagrant-2 foul, striking Brandon Clarke in the face and pulling him down by the jersey. The Warriors responded with a strong third-quarter start.
Poole scored a playoff career high in 38 minutes off the bench, hitting 12-of-20 from the floor and 5-of-10 from 3-point range.
Poole led the Warriors with 14 first-half points and added 10 in the third quarter as Golden State took a 91-90 lead. Thompson missed two late free throws and Memphis had a final shot but Morant missed a driving layup at the buzzer.


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