“I think what I do speaks for itself,” said Damian Lillard after he and the Trail Blazers pulled out a 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors in Portland. With the victory, Golden State’s lead was cut to 2-1 and the team is still unsure about the date of Steph Curry’s return.
Despite Lillard’s huge night, Klay Thompson was the one who exploded in the first quarter. Behind his 18 points, the Warriors put up 28 on 52% shooting and held the Blazers to 22 with 11 coming from Lillard. Thompson was 7/12 from the field to start and an impressive 3/5 from downtown. Dame didn’t get up as many shots as Thompson, but still finished 4/7 and connected on all three of his long-range attempts. As a team, however, the Blazers shot just 30% from the field.
Thompson cooled off in the second quarter while Lillard got even hotter. In almost seven minutes of action, Klay shot 2/5 for six points; Draymond Green had six points as well but on an inefficient 3/9 shooting and Golden State tallied just 18 points on 33% shooting. In their 36-point quarter, the Trail Blazers were led by Lillard’s 14, and Al-Farouq Aminu was huge also with 11 on 2/2 from downtown; Prince Aminu did great work on the boards and hauled in five. Going into the half, Portland held a 58-46 lead.
The third quarter was Draymond Green’s quarter, for sure. He recorded 19 points in the frame on 6/8 shooting, including 5/6 from three, had four rebounds, and three assists, but Golden State was still outscored 35-34 by the Blazers. Thompson shooting 3/7 for six points didn’t help. Although Lillard went cold, C.J McCollum, Aminu, and Allen Crabbe picked up the slack. They combined for 20 of Portland’s points with McCollum and Aminu leading the way with seven each. Heading into the last period, Portland had a 93-80 lead on the Warriors.
Damian Lillard kept pouring it on. He put up another 10-point quarter on 4/6 shooting, despite his team being outscored 28-27 in the period. McCollum, who was relatively quiet all night, had nine points on four made field goals to help Portland maintain their lead. Green continued to leave his mark on the game and had nine more points and made all three of his shots; Leandro Barbosa had six points off the bench, and Thompson and Barnes had five each.
By the end of the night, a total of five players finished with 20+ points, and three of them were above 30. Lillard was the game’s leading scorer, and he had a playoff career-high of 40, added ten assists, and knocked in eight threes. Green was the leading scorer for Golden State with 37, and nearly triple-doubled with nine rebounds and eight assists — he also buried eight threes. Thompson was the other 30-point scorer, and he finished with 35 on 5/9 from downtown and 14/28 overall. The two 20-point scorers were Aminu (23) and McCollum (22).
Game 4 is Monday, May 9, at 10:30 PM EST in Portland.