NBA Game Summary - Portland at Golden State
(Wednesday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Portland 78, Golden State 75
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Nick Van Exel came off the bench to post a game-high 20 points and lead Portland over Golden State, 78-75, at The Arena in the season-opener for both teams.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 18 points for the Trail Blazers, who are looking to get back into the playoffs after failing to do so for the first time in 22 years last season.
Mike Dunleavy netted 17 points for the Warriors, who lost in the NBA debut of Mike Montgomery. Golden State's executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin decided to turn the Warriors upside down during the offseason. He fired head coach Eric Musselman and lured Stanford's Montgomery away from his cushy college job.
"When we left the floor the last time we played Portland, Van Exel said, 'Hey, you're going to have me next time,'" Montgomery said. "I think the difference between this game and the two exhibition games was simply Van Exel. He just really hurt us, and gave them confidence."
Troy Murphy added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Golden State led by six heading into the final 12 minutes, but the Trail Blazers outscored the Warriors 25-16 in the final quarter to tally the victory.
Portland made its first eight shots from the field in the frame and started it with a 21-7 run. Van Exel capped off the decisive burst on a three-pointer with 5:40 remaining to put the Blazers ahead, 74-66.
But the Warriors did not quit and scored nine of the next 12 points to cut the deficit to 77-75 on a trey by Derek Fisher with just under two minutes left.
Golden State had a few chances to tie or even take the lead, but fell short. With 54.1 seconds left, Dale Davis missed a pair of free throws, but Murphy got the ball back on an offensive rebound. However, with 40 seconds left, he missed a jumper, giving the possession back to Portland. It was Murphy's first shot of the fourth after going 6-for-9 in the third.
Portland turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, but once again Golden State could not take advantage. Dunleavy missed an open three-pointer with 3.3 seconds left and the Warriors were forced to foul Zach Randolph. Randolph only made one of the two shots from the stripe, to keep it a one-possession game.
On a last opportunity to tie it, Dunleavy missed a three-pointer at the horn.
The Warriors only shot 38 percent from the field.
Portland led 18-16 after the opening frame, but allowed 23 in the second to go into the intermission down 39-37.
Golden State then outscored Portland 20-16 in the third to take a 59-53 edge into the fourth.
Randolph, who signed an $84 million, six-year contract extension Monday, tallied 13 points and 10 boards for Portland.
These teams split four meetings last season with each team winning one game on the road...Portland has won eight of the last 10 meetings, including four of five at Golden State...The Warriors dropped to 15-28 in season openers since moving to the West Coast.
11/04 05:45:36 ET