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Daily Wrap: Warriors, Rockets and Wizards secure two-game leads

Last night had some great playoff action in both conferences as the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers and OKC in the West, while the Washington Wizards got the better of the Atlanta Hawks in the East.

Durant-less Warriors beat Blazers

The Golden State Warriors are now 2-0 up in their first-round playoff series against the Portland trail Blazers after beating them 110-81. Stephen Curry had 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals, Klay Thompson 16 points, JaVale McGee 15 points and five rebounds, while Draymond Green finished with a 12-rebound, 10-assist double-double.

Maurice Harkless led the Blazers with 15 points and eight rebounds, Damian Lillard had 12 points and four rebounds, CJ McCollum 11 points and five rebounds, and Nigerian forward Al-Farouq Aminu nine points and seven rebounds.

Rockets second strike hits Thunder

The Houston Rockets defeated OKC 115-111 on the back of James Harden’s 35 points, four rebounds and eight assists, Eric Gordon had 22 points and four rebounds, Lou Williams 21 points and Patrick Beverly ended the game with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Despite the loss, Russell Westbrook had the first 50-point triple-double in NBA history (51 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists), Andre Roberson 12 points and eight rebounds, Nigerian-American guard Victor Oladipo 11 points and nine rebounds, while Doug McDermott contributed 11 points.

Wizards strike down Hawks

The Washington Wizards have also taken a two-game lead over the Atlanta Hawks by beating them 109-101. John Wall had 32 points, five rebounds and nine assists, Bradley Beal 31 points, Marcin Gortat a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Brandon Jennings finished with 10 points and four rebounds.

The Hawks were led by Paul Millsap with a 27-point, 10-rebound double-double, Gambian-German guard Dennis Schroder had 23 points, four rebounds and six assists, Tim Hardaway Jr 19 points, and Taurean Prince ended the game with 12 points and four rebounds.

By Kaunda Chama

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