The second round of Western Conference playoffs is well on the way. After sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, the Golden State Warriors faced the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of their Semifinals matchup. The Jazz came into Tuesday's matchup after beating the Clippers in a seven-game series on Sunday. Oracle Arena in Oakland was packed once again on Tuesday night, with 20,000 loud and electric Warriors fans ready to see their team come one step closer to the ultimate goal -- the championship ring. Golden State and Utah met three times during the regular season, with The Warriors winning two of those three matchups.

Golden State and Utah were the second and third-ranked defensive teams in the league during the regular season. Interim coach Mike Brown led the Warriors as they are missing reigning NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr, who is having back issues and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Warriors in full control of Game 1

Golden State opened up the game with a quick 9-0 lead early in the first quarter. Utah missed its first six shots with their first field goal coming on Rudy Gobert’s three-point play at the 7:48 mark in the first period. The score was 27-21 for the home team after the first 12 minutes of the game. Warriors doubled their lead after the second quarter as they were up 12 points at halftime (58-46).

Utah outscored the Warriors 27-26 in the third quarter but still had an 11-point deficit (84-73) heading into the final period of the game. Home team went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter and pulled away in this one. Their biggest lead of the game was 21 points (94-73), and they ended up winning the game 106-94.

Golden State finished the game with 32 assists and just 7 turnovers -- a franchise playoff record for fewest turnovers in a game. They were 19-for-21 from the free-throw line and shot 48.8% from the field. The Jazz turned the ball over 14 times and got outscored 29-6 in fast-break points.

Balanced scoring for the Warriors in Game 1 victory

For the second-straight game and second time this postseason all five Warriors starters finished in double-digit scoring. Stephen Curry led all scorers on Tuesday night with 22 points in addition to his seven rebounds and five assists. He hit his 262nd career postseason 3-pointer in this game, moving past Robert Horry for ninth place on the NBA’s all-time list. Draymond Green contributed with 17 points and eight rebounds while Kevin Durant added 17 points and five assists.

For the Jazz, it was Rudy Gobert who led them in scoring. He finished with 13 points and eight rebounds while Rodney Hood added 12 points off the bench. Utah's leading scorer Gordon Hayward was held to 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting.

Game 2 of the series will be played on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

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