A big night from the Splash Brothers pushed the Warriors to a 113-112 win over the Trail Blazers in Portland on Sunday night. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 64 points, 51 of which came in the second half helping the Dubs comeback from an 18-point deficit. David Lee added 16 points, while the bench totaled 23 points. Playing in his 500th career game, Andrew Bogut tallied six points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Next up for the Warriors is a Tuesday night matchup with the Orlando Magic back on Warriors Ground.
Mark Jackson
On the quality of tonight's win:
"That's as good of win as we've had in three years. When you think about, really, we were out of character early on in that basketball game. I thought in the first half we were selfish offensively and defensively. Give these guys credit. I'm awfully proud of them because it would have been very easy to fold our tent and hang our heads, but we played against a very good basketball team that's well coached that had it going and we defended at a high level, offensively we began to do the things that we've done for a long time now. It's just a great win for us. [Klay Thompson] and [Stephen Curry] were spectacular. 51 of our 69 points in the second half, but [Draymond Green] was huge. [Harrison Barnes] was big in his minutes. [Steve Blake] came in and gave us big minutes and then David Lee with 18 seconds to go in the last possession sets a great screen which creates an opening, Harrison makes the unselfish extra pass and Klay knocks down a big jumper. So, just a great win for us."
On the ability of this team to claw back from large deficits:
"Someone told me, don't give me the line, but multiple times this year we've chased back from down 15 plus. We know who we are, so I don't think this breeds confidence. What it does, it reinforces when we play the way we're capable of playing and the way we practice playing, we can beat anybody. If we don't, we can be beaten by anybody."
On Klay's performance tonight after a tough past few days:
"He's a big time player. There's no question about it. He's as cool as they come. It does not bother him making and missing shots. He's not afraid to take the next one. To think about what he's gone through the last 48 hours, to think about the travel, the fatigue mentally and physically and to think he had to guard Lillard the bulk of the time and was always guarding a live person out there, the way he came out of it - awfully proud of him. Well deserved night for him, for our guys and we missed him, no question about it."
Klay Thompson
On an emotional 72 hours and his team's performance tonight:
"Speechless, especially the way we won. We were down and out for a second there in the third quarter, almost got to 20. It just shows the resilience of this team and the unselfishness. [Stephen Curry] did his thing, of course. I credit [Harrison Barnes] on the last pass he gave me and our defensive effort, especially in the second half."
On how he feels emotionally and physically after a few long flights:
"Emotionally, a little drained. It's been a long weekend. On those long flights, you just have to hydrate, drink a lot of water. I honestly felt fresh when I stepped on the court. You might not believe me, but when I warmed up before the game, I felt good."
Stephen Curry
On his thoughts on tonight's performance:
"We found a way to make plays down the stretch, get stops. [Klay Thompson] hit some big time shots down the stretch. But, for us to get back in the game and have pretty much control of the last three or four minutes - everybody contributed that stepped on that floor and we just had to fight our way out of whatever was going on in the first half and guys giving maximum effort. It was definitely a big win for us."
Coming off of two tough losses, the Warriors will look to get back on track on Sunday when they visit the Trail Blazers. Portland is the only NBA city that the Warriors have yet to visit this season, as the Dubs and Trail Blazers have squared off twice in Oakland. The teams have split those matchups, and the Warriors will be looking to get a leg up on the season series with the Western Conference power.
The Warriors suffered a tough loss on Friday night, falling to the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 103-94. Despite getting off to a torrid start in the first quarter, the Dubs were unable to maintain that lead in the second half. Stephen Curry scored 27 points and dished out eight assists on his 26th birthday. David Lee added 16 points and five rebounds, while Draymond Green tied a career-high with 18 points to go with nine boards coming off the bench. The loss drops the Warriors record to 41-26. GAME RECAP
One of the big storylines heading into Sunday’s game will be the status of guard Klay Thompson. The third-year guard’s 214 consecutive games streak came to an end on Friday, as he was attending his grandfather’s funeral in the Bahamas. Before Friday, Thompson had never missed a game in his NBA career, and his absence was felt on both offense and defense. Thompson’s status for Sunday’s game is to be determined, and the Warriors will certainly welcome him back whenever he’s ready to return to action.
Andre Iguodala averages less than 10 points a game, he’s not in the top three on the team in rebounds and is nowhere near the top of the leaderboard in assists, but he’s one of the most impactful players on the Warriors’ roster. As pointed out in a recent Sports Illustrated story, Iguodala carries unlikely value considering his modest stats (9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists). Iguodala is one of the top defenders in the game, and he certainly has a lot to do with the Warriors ranking in the top three in opponent field goal percentage and defensive rating. The Warriors will need another strong performance from Iguodala on Sunday, as Portland has no shortage of offensive weapons.
The Trail Blazers will play Sunday’s game without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who suffered a bruised lower back in Wednesday’s loss in San Antonio. Despite Aldridge watching the game in street clothes, Portland was able to pull out a victory in New Orleans on Friday thanks to some clutch play from Oakland native Damian Lillard. That win snapped a four-game losing streak, and the Trail Blazers will look to build on that momentum with one of the game’s top offenses. They rank fourth in the NBA with an offensive rating of 108.4 points per 100 possessions, and slowing them down means limiting their takes and makes from the perimeter. Portland is among the NBA leaders in 3-pointers made, attempted and percentage. Even without Aldridge, the Trail Blazers still pose a threat, especially at home, so the Warriors will have their work cut out for them on Sunday.
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.

LAC: LaMarcus Aldridge (low back contusion), Joel Freeland (right knee sprain) and Mo Williams (right hip strain) are out.