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Miami Moves on and Warriors Win Again

 

UNDATED (AP) — The Splash Brothers are temporarily broken up, but that hasn't stopped the Golden State Warriors from raining 3-pointers on their opponents.

 

Klay Thompson shot 7-for-14 from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 37 points as the Warriors hammered Portland 118-106 in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference semifinals. Thompson scored 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the first quarter, including four treys while Golden State built a 37-17 lead. He became the first player in league history to hit at least seven 3s in three straight postseason games.

 

Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champs. Shaun Livingston contributed 12 points and six assists in place of Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry, who remains sidelined with a sprained right knee.

 

Coach Steve Kerr says the odds are "pretty slim" that Curry will be ready for Game 2 Tuesday night in Oakland. Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he can get into scrimmages later this week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 of the series.

 

Trail Blazers forward Damian Lillard finished with a team-high 30 points despite missing 11 of his first 13 shots.

 

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a lopsided victory in Game 7 of the quarterfinals.

 

Goran Dragic dropped in 25 points and had six boards in the Heat's 106-73 dismantling of Charlotte. Gerald Green added 16 points for Miami, which led by 12 before outscoring the Hornets 29-11 in the third quarter.

 

The Hornets shot a miserable 32 percent, with Frank Kaminsky shooting 3-for-15 and Kemba Walker missing 13 of his 16 shots. Kaminsky still had a team-best 12 points for Charlotte, which dropped the last two games of the series after stealing Game 5 in Miami.

 

The Heat's next opponent will be Toronto after the Raptors survived a seven-game series with Indiana.

 

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO'-nuhs) had 15 rebounds and 10 points as the Raptors eliminated the Pacers 89-84. DeRozan clinched the victory by hitting two free throws with 6 1/2 seconds left after Indiana got within 87-84.

 

Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points for Toronto, while Kyle Lowry had 11 and nine assists to help the Raptors win a seven-game series for the first time in team history.

Paul George had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed by 14 heading into the final period before limiting Toronto to 11 points.

 

The Heat-Raptors series begins Tuesday in Toronto.

 

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