Warriors Lose a Nail-Biter in Portland
Stephen Curry Scores 35 as Dubs Drop Season Series to Trail Blazers, 2-1
There have been several memorable Stephen Curry-Damian Lillard battles over the years, and you can add one more chapter to that book after the Warriors’ 108-106 loss in Portland on Wednesday night.
Both players had big moments in the fourth quarter, but Lillard’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 14.0 seconds left in the game, and a game-saving defensive play on the ensuing possession, left the Dubs with a disappointing defeat.
|Curry - 35||Green - 9||Green - 12|
|Wiggins - 14||Looney - 8||Curry - 5|
|Bazemore - 12||Curry - 7||Wanamaker - 4|
|Lillard - 22||Kanter - 14||Lillard - 6|
|Anthony - 22||Covington - 9||Anthony - 4|
|Covington - 15||Lillard - 5||Trent - 3|
Stephen Curry had 35 points and Draymond Green had 12 assists and nine rebounds, not to mention a go-ahead 3-pointer as the shotclock was winding down just moments before Lillard’s eventual game-winner, but the Warriors wound up falling just short.
Lillard shot just 6-for-17 from the field for 22 points, but he had eight points in the final 2:06 of the game, and a game-saving defensive play when he drew a charge on Draymond Green on a potential game-tying possession for the Warriors.
But the Warriors still had a chance when the Blazers missed a pair of free throws in the closing seconds. Damion Lee grabbed a defensive rebound on the second missed free throw, took a few dribbles up the court and launched a potential game-winning shot from half-court as time expired. The shot fell short, and the Warriors lost the season series with Portland, 2-1.
A close game for the final three and a half quarters, neither team led by more than six points in the second half. The game featured 13 lead changes, 11 of which came in the final two quarters. In fact, each of the four quarters were decided by three points or less.
Although it was close, the Warriors led for most of the game. They scored the first 10 points of the game and held a 13-point lead early, but Portland had an answer and the Warriors could never create enough separation.
Andrew Wiggins had 14 points and Kent Bazemore added 12 while starting in place of Kelly Oubre Jr., who sat out the game after spraining his left wrist in practice on Tuesday, but the Warriors shot just 42.3 percent from the floor and were outscored 22-9 on free throws. That, along with Lillard’s late-game heroics, proved to be the difference.
The Warriors won’t have much time to think about this one, as they will play their final game before the All-Star break on Thursday in Phoenix.
More Notables ...
- The Warriors fell to 19-17 on the season and 0-2 on the current three-game road trip.
- Golden State fell to 7-11 on the road this season.
- The Warriors fell to 3-3 in games decided by three points this season.
- Golden State tied a season-high with 54 rebounds.
- Stephen Curry scored 35 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, his 16th 30-point game of the season.
- Damion Lee scored in double figures for the 10th time this season, finishing with 10 points in 18 minutes off the bench.
- Kevon Looney tallied nine points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes, his third-highest point and rebound totals this season.
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