By Janie McCauley

The Associated Press

Conference finals

Warriors 1, Trail Blazers 0

Game 1: Warriors 116, Blazers 94

Thursday at Golden State 6 p.m.

Saturday at Portland 6 p.m.

May 20 at Portland 6 p.m.

x-May 22 at Golden State 6 p.m.

x-May 24 at Portland 6 p.m.

x-May 26 at Golden State 6 p.m.

All times PDT; x-if necessary

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had all kinds of room for a change and capitalized, finding his shooting touch in a hurry to get Golden State on a roll. Portland’s defenders were too far back in the paint or a step behind all night.

“Practice shots,” Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard said of Curry’s wide-open chances.

So far, the Warriors are showing they can keep winning until Kevin Durant gets healthy.

Making it look easy again, Curry knocked down nine 3-pointers on his way to 36 points, leading the two-time defending champions past the Blazers 116-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

“I know what I’m capable of on the floor. The situation calls for me to be a little bit more aggressive and hopefully that’ll continue,” said Curry, who came in shooting 37.1% on 3s this postseason.

Curry shot 12 for 23 in his fourth 30-point performance this postseason, finding far more open looks than he had in the last round against Houston. The two-time NBA MVP outplayed the Portland duo of Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who combined to go 11 for 31 against a strong Golden State defense.

Klay Thompson had 26 points, and Draymond Green established the energy on both ends early for the well-rested Warriors, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.

Lillard scored 19 points back home in Oakland. McCollum had 17 points and missed five of his six 3s as the Blazers went just 7-for-28 from long range.

Game 2 is Thursday night, and the Warriors are unlikely to have Durant back from a strained right calf.