NBA Game Summary - Portland at Golden State|
(Friday, January 11th)
Final Score: Golden State 103, Portland 97
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - David Lee had 24 points and 10 rebounds,
Stephen Curry added 22 points and 12 assists and the Golden State Warriors
withstood a furious comeback by Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers
in a 103-97 victory at Oracle Arena.
Klay Thompson chipped in 16 points and Carl Landry netted 15, including a big
layup after the Blazers pulled within four in the final minute of regulation.
Golden State avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season and
reached 23 wins to match its entire win total in last season's lockout-
shortened 66-game campaign.
"I'm confident as long as we keep winning," Lee remarked. "I'm happy to
finally be on a winning team and that's the most important thing right now."
Lillard nearly single-handedly carried Portland back from a 20-point deficit
by hitting 10 straight shots in the second half en route to a 37-point effort.
But it wasn't enough for the Blazers, who shot 15-of-43 from behind the arc
and saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
"I had a game like this in college, but that ended up with a win," Lillard
said of his performance. "That's why this is bittersweet."
Lillard scored 12 points in the third quarter and opened his 17-point fourth
frame by draining two 3-pointers and a jumper in a three-possession span to
pull the Blazers within single digits, 82-74.
Golden State continued to keep the visitors at bay, but a late 7-0 run, capped
by a Nicolas Batum tip-in, cut the margin to 98-94 with 44.5 seconds to play.
After Curry found Landry on the right block for a lay-in, Lillard answered
with a 3-pointer at the other end to make it a one-possession game.
With 16.4 ticks left, Curry sank two free throws prior to Lillard missing from
long range to end the comeback bid.
The Blazers, who were coming off a 92-90 victory over the Miami Heat on
Thursday, shot 23 percent from the floor in the first half, with three of
their top four scorers -- Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews --
combining to shoot 3-for-22.
The cold shooting allowed the Warriors to seize control, as they led 28-19 at
the end of the opening quarter and 50-35 at the half.
The difference reached as high as 20 in the third quarter, which ended with
Golden State holding a healthy 78-63 advantage.
The Warriors have won 12 of the last 14 at home against the Blazers ...
Portland wound up shooting 38 percent for the game, compared to 48 percent for
the Warriors ... Batum was Portland's second leading scorer with 16 points ...
Aldridge had seven points -- 13 below his season average -- on 3-of-14
shooting ... The Warriors had 16 more points in the paint (48-32).
01/12 02:35:52 ET