NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 28th (All times eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (15-26) at Golden State Warriors (19-23), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors will try and put the brakes on a four-game losing streak this evening when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to The Arena.
Golden State's latest setback came on Friday, as it was on the wrong end of a 106-105 overtime decision to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Baron Davis had 29 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, who have lost four in a row.
Mickael Pietrus tallied 20 points with 10 rebounds and Derek Fisher had 18 points for Golden State, losers in nine of its last 11.
Davis had a chance to give Golden State the win in regulation, but he could not shake Bryant to get a clean look and his jumper as time expired was well off the mark.
Then in the extra session a a Zarko Cabarkapa bucket drew the Warriors within 101-98 with 51 seconds on the clock. Smush Parker then turned the ball over for the Lakers, giving the Warriors a chance to tie the game. However, Pietrus' three-pointer with 28 seconds left bounced out.
Parker then hit 1-of-2 from the line with 13.2 seconds remaining to increase the lead to four points, 102-98, and ice the game.
Only a three-pointer by Pietrus as time expired made it a one-point game.
On the injury front, Mike Dunleavy left the game with a sprained ankle and is questionable for tonight's affair. Guard Jason Richardson missed last night's affair with a back injury and will also be a game-time decision.
Golden State, which plays four of its next five at home, is 11-12 in its arena this season.
Portland, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Juan Dixon scored 26 points before being ejected late in the fourth quarter and the Trail Blazers held off a late New Jersey push before downing the Nets, 88-83, on Friday at the Rose Garden.
Dixon shot an impressive 12-of-16 from the floor before being tossed for kicking the ball into the stands and Ruben Patterson added 14 points for Portland, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Sebastian Telfair and Steve Blake each finished with 11 points.
The Blazers, who will close a brief two-game road trip in Seattle on Monday, have lost three straight and nine of 11 on the road and are 4-14 away from home this season.
Golden State topped Portland earlier in the year and has won the last three and five of the last nine meetings. The Blazers, though, have won four of six and eight of their last 12 in Oakland.
01/28 11:22:31 ET