Photo: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press
The Golden State Warriors led the Portland Trail Blazers 54-45 at halftime of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, but it wasn’t exactly the prettiest half of basketball.
The Warriors turned the ball over seven times in the first half, including a particularly embarrassing errant pass that went out of bounds toward the end of the first quarter.
With 3:24 left in the quarter and the Warriors leading 17-16, Draymond Green attempted to pass the ball to Stephen Curry, who was coming around a screen set by Kevon Looney.
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Unfortunately for Green (and way more so for Looney), the pass missed its mark and nailed Looney in the side of the face before the ball went out of bounds. Looney grabbed at his face while Green signaled to the big man that he shouldn’t have been in the passing lane.
Green scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half, while Looney scored just two points and grabbed two rebounds in 11 minutes of action off the bench.
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The Warriors shot 44.7 percent from the field, and 42.9 percent from three-point range during the first half.
Curry led the Warriors with 19 points, and Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 12.
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