Steph Curry Helps His Warriors Defeat Portland
The Warriors defeat Portland Trail Blazers thanks to Stephen Curry’s 39 points and seven assists, including 9-13 from behind the arc.
After coming off of their first regular season home loss in over 14 months to the Boston Celtics, the Warriors came out and put on a show. Draymond Green notched his 13th triple-double of the season with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Klay Thompson added 21 points and Leonardo Barbosa added 13 points off the bench.
The Warriors have now tied the 1996-1997 Chicago Bulls and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the second most wins in a season with 69. With only five games remaining, and two of them coming against the San Antonio Spurs, it will be fun to see if the Warriors can take four out of the five.
The entire game was not as lopsided as the final score may seem to show. The game was actually relatively close until the end of the 3rd transitioning in the 4th, when the Warriors started to pull away. After the 1st quarter, the Trailblazers led 37-31. However, after a strong 2nd quarter, the Warriors held the lead 63-56.
Steph Curry and Lillard Trade Blows in the 3rd
It was the battle of the point guards in the 3rd quarter, with Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard going back and forth. Ultimately, Steph Curry got the better of it as the Warriors defeat Portland. There was a specific sequence about midway through the quarter where Curry drained a three, Lillard answered with a tough layup, followed by another Curry three, and finsihed off with a Lillard three. It’s always exciting watching two players light up a scoreboard and go toe to toe with each other. After 3, the Warriors led 101-89.
The 4th quarter is where Golden State really pulled away. The Warriors put up 35 points to the Trailblazers’ mere 22. Damian Lillard scored 38 points to lead the Trail Blazers, but it was not enough. The Warriors are now 8-0 following a loss this season. No team has ever ended the regular season undefeated after a loss. They also recorded their 1000th three pointer as a team, which is another record. This Warrior team is breaking records left and right and will look to capture the ultimate record: 73 wins.
The Trail Blazers currently sit 6th in the Western Conference with games remaining against the Kings, Thunder, Timberwolves and Nuggets. Golden State plays the Timberwolves, the Spurs twice, and the Grizzles twice to close out their season. We can just assume the Timberwolves and Grizzlies will be wins, but those two Spur games can be trouble. Depending on what team Popovich decides to play, this can be a fight to finish.