The Warriors let things get interesting after building a 20-point lead, but held on for a 103-97 win over the Trail Blazers on Friday night in front of the eighth-straight sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry (22 points, season-high 12 assists) and David Lee (24 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles, doing just enough to hold off a Portland comeback led by Oakland’s own Damian Lillard. Portland’s rookie guard scored 29 points in the second half on 12-for-16 shooting, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Warriors from improving to 23-12 for the season. The Warriors, who halted Portland’s four-game winning streak, will look to do the same when they visit the Nuggets on Sunday.
Mark Jackson
On Damian Lillard:
"I’ve watched him since Chicago’s pre-draft camp, a little bit in college and we worked him out here – I don’t think it did anything for him. He’s a heck of a basketball player no matter where he is. It’s great to see it because of the way he conducts himself and the way he plays - great poise. He’s going to be around for a long time. We’re going to have to deal with him. A great performance by him."
On defending LaMarcus Aldridge:
"He’s as good as it gets at the power forward position. With guys that talented you don’t take credit when they have tough nights because I don’t want blame when they have huge nights. At the end of the day, we tried to keep him out of rhythm and tried to get him to defend on the other end. I don’t want to take any credit individually or collectively for his night."
On seeing the big lead nearly disappear:
"This is a team that shot 43 three pointers. When you can get up shots like that and get hot you are going to be in ballgames. I think it’s good for us overall because we found a way, even though they got hot and spread the court with shooters - you have to put together a string of stops and then some quality possessions on the offensive end. 11 turnovers, we took care of the basketball. 28 assists we were unselfish on the offensive end. This is preparing us. Like I told my guys, where we expect to go, in these games, you are going to have to find a way to stop special players and this is great preparation for us."
On Draymond Green defending Damian Lillard:
"He was guarding him off of a switch on a pick-and-roll. He was not the primary defender against him. I have better options; with all due respect - Stephen Curry is a big time defensive point guard. I thought Klay Thompson did a very good job. I have confidence in Draymond’s (Green) ability to guard anybody on the floor – that’s why he’s out there."
David Lee
On taking extra pride in matching up with LaMarcus Aldridge:
"I’m confident as long as we keep winning, this guy versus that guy stuff will work itself out. I’m happy to finally be on a winning team and that’s the most important thing right now."
On seeing the big lead nearly disappear:
"I’m happy we had such a big lead because when [Damian] Lillard started doing what Lillard did we had ourselves a cushion. There are players in this league that are very tough when they get going. He hit some very difficult shots and we gave him some easy looks on top of it. That’s why you get the lead that you do so you can manage that and give him credit for playing a good game. We have to do a better job of when a guy gets going like that to take him out of the game and make someone else beat us."
On the upcoming schedule:
"This is a tough stretch for us. Every team has to play everybody. We are just going to take it one game at a time and we’re going to get some oxygen right now, then go to Denver and we plan on going there and getting a victory."
Stephen Curry
On tonight's game:
"For two and a half quarters – in the first half and most of the third – we had control of the game and were able to do the things we like to do on offense, then (Damian) Lillard got hot. Not to take away from his night, he made the shots, but we’ve got to find a way to stop a guy when he has it going like that."
On keeping his rythem despite Portland's defense:
"I just stayed confident. We had good ball movement I think the whole game. We got touches and went and made plays."
On team's difficulty stopping Portland in second half:
"Lillard was coming off ball screens knocking down shots, then they put in (Luke) Babbitt and had a small lineup so we had to rotate and cover the paint. They made tough shots and you can’t take away from that, but for the most part we have to find a way to guard that lineup if they keep knocking down shots throughout the game."
On Damian Lillard:
"He has talent. He’s probably going to be Rookie of the Year and he showed a lot tonight. I look forward to playing him again, hopefully we stop him."
The Warriors are hungry to get back in the win column after losing each of their last two games. This marks just the second time the team has lost consecutive games this season and they’ll look to end this short losing streak in their first of this season’s three matchups with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Western Conference showdown marks another Authentic Fan Friday at Oracle Arena, and the first 19,000 fans in attendance will receive a Carl Landry Cheer Card, courtesy of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The Warriors saw their comeback effort fall short in a 94-87 loss to the Grizzlies at home on Wednesday. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 44 points and six treys. Thompson also pulled down seven boards and dished a season-high seven assists. David Lee registered his 21st double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Carl Landry nearly missed one of his own with 13 and nine.
Defense hasn’t been a strong suit for Warriors teams of the past, but it has definitely been a strength for the team this season. The Warriors are tied for the third best opponent field goal percentage (.431), and they are capable of mixing up their looks on defense as well. After Memphis built a 14-point advantage while shooting 54.5 percent from the field in the first half on Wednesday, Golden State got back into the game as a result of its dedicated effort on defense. The team played a lot of zone in the second half and held the Grizzlies to 36.4 shooting over the final two frames. In fact, the Grizzlies’ 13 points in the third quarter was the fewest the Warriors have yielded in a third period all season. The ability to make in-game adjustments that work out for the best is a quality that good teams must have in the NBA, and the Warriors will need to take advantage of that as the season progresses.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson is coming off one of his best floor games of his young career. He shot 6-for-13 from the field for 20 points and also had a season-high seven assists and seven rebounds. The league is well aware of his shooting ability – Thompson has the third-most made 3-pointers in the NBA this season (93) and he’s shot 48.3 percent from long distance over the last nine games – but his ability as a playmaker can be a huge asset for the Warriors as opposing defenses continue to key on Stephen Curry. #DubTheVote
The Warriors’ January schedule is pretty daunting on paper, and it doesn’t get any easier with Friday’s contest against Portland. The Trail Blazers have won 12 of their last 15 games and will be playing on the back end of a back-to-back after beating Miami in dramatic fashion on Thursday night. Each member of Portland’s starting five averages double figures in scoring, and it’s a rookie from Oakland who might be the most dangerous player of all. Damian Lillard is averaging 18.0 points and 6.5 assists and is so far the leading candidate for the NBA Rookie of the Year. LaMarcus Aldridge (20.6 points, 8.6 rebounds) is also a force to be reckoned with and Nicolas Batum is coming into his own with 16.7 points per game this season. With that said, the Blazers’ armor isn’t impenetrable. Only two teams yield a higher shooting percentage than Portland (.463) and they also hoist the fourth-most 3-pointers in the league (23.9) but rank in the bottom third of the league in percentage (.343).
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Injury Report
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.

POR: Meyers Leonard (right ankle) and Elliot Williams (left Achilles tendon) are out.