Portland Trail Blazers: 3 takeaways from Game 2 loss vs. Warriors

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The Portland Trail Blazers narrowly fell to the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2019 Western Conference Finals. Here are three takeaways from their narrow defeat.

The Portland Trail Blazers tried their hardest, but they couldn’t hold off the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2019 Western Conference Finals. Portland lost 114-111 at Oracle Arena on Thursday night, and the Warriors now lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is on Saturday in Rip City.

The Blazers were in full control in the first half. Two 30-point quarters gave Rip City a 65-50 lead at halftime. The lead extended to 67-50 early in the third, but Golden State began chipping away from there. The Dubs went on a 27-8 run and took a 77-75 lead with 3:48 left in the period. Portland jumped back out to an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors responded by closing out the game on a 20-9 run.

Damian Lillard paced Portland with 23 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. McCollum added 22 points and five assists. Seth Curry had 16 points off the bench, while Rodney Hood and Maurice Harkless had 12 points each.

Stephen Curry had another huge game for Golden State, leading the way with 37 points, eight rebounds and eight assists on the evening. Klay Thompson added 24 points. Draymond Green came away with 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks.

Portland lost again, but made the right adjustments to stay competitive with the mighty Warriors. Here are a few takeaways from a more entertaining Game 2.