Every time Steph Curry and Damian Lillard have matched up this year, it’s been a thriller. Sunday night’s contest was no different. For the fourth and final time this season, the Blazers and Warriors would meet up, and two of the best guards in the NBA would be trading buckets with each other.
Portland had already stolen one game from Golden State earlier this year when Lillard erupted for 50 points and shot the lights out. This game was much different, and the Warriors torched Portland by 25, winning 136-111. As a team, Golden State shot 18/30 (60%) from three and became the first team to hit 1,000 threes in a season.
Curry alone was 9/13 from behind the arc and finished with 39 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. Draymond Green recorded his 13th triple-double of the year, finishing with 22 points, ten rebounds, and ten assists, and Klay Thompson chipped in 21.
Damian Lillard was the leader for Portland as he registered 38 points on 13/27 shooting with three rebounds and four assists. C.J. McCollum was second with 18, and Maurice Harkless had his third double-double of the season with 15 points and ten boards.
Oddly enough, Portland had a 37-31 lead after the first quarter thanks to 16 points by Damian Lillard. Curry had 14 to keep it close, but the Trail Blazers would eventually cool off and struggled for the remainder of the game. Terry Stots’ squad encountered major shooting problems in the second quarter, scoring just 19 points on 6/22 (27%) shooting; Golden State took full advantage and netted 32 points. The Warriors held a 63-56 lead at the break.
Both sides shot the lights out in the third quarter, and Golden State put up 38 points to Portland’s 33. Damian Lillard had another 16-point quarter and made seven of the Blazers’ 12 field goals. Curry kept stroking it as well, finishing with 14 points in the period on 4/6 shooting from three and 5/8 shooting overall.
However, Lillard and the Blazers would enter the fourth quarter down 12 and never recovered. Golden State tallied 35 points in the quarter compared to just 22 by the Blazers. With the victory, the Warriors became the fourth NBA team to win 69 games in a season.
The Blazers travel to Sacramento for a Tuesday night game while Golden State hosts Minnesota on Tuesday as well.
Around The League
Oklahoma City had another collapse in the fourth quarter and fell to Houston, 118-110. James Harden led all scorers with 41. Kevin Durant had 33 to lead OKC, and Westbrook finished with 23 points, 13 boards, and nine assists.
Blake Griffin returned to action for the Clippers, and they downed the Wizards 114-109. BG had six points, five rebounds in his return, and Chris Paul led all scorers with 27 and handed out 12 assists. John Wall had 15 points and 13 dimes for Washington.
Kobe Bryant scored 34 in his last matchup against the Celtics, but the Lakers fell 107-100. Julius Randle had 20 points and ten rebounds for LA, Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 26 points, and Boston clinched their second-straight playoff berth.
NOLA 106 – BKN 87
CHA 103 – CLE 112
OKC 110 – HOU 118
WASH 109 – LAC 114
DAL 88 – MINN 78
MEM 107 – ORL 119
UTAH 101 – PHX 86
CHI 102 – MIL 98
IND 92 – NYK 87
POR 111 – GSW 136
BOS 107 – LAL 100