Game Recap: Defense Fuels Warriors Past Blazers In Blowout Victory
After two straight losses to start their five-game homestand, the Golden State Warriors host the Portland Trail Blazers at ORACLE Arena. In their first meeting in November, things got physical in the third quarter and the Warriors didn’t have a response in route to a 113-101 loss. With the defense struggling over the past two weeks, the Warriors will have their hands full as they face the number one scoring and rebounding team in the league.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got the Warriors off to a great start as they combined for the first 12 points. While the defense had been a concern, the Warriors played with good intensity as the Portland Trail Blazers missed seven of their first 10 shots. Midway through the quarter, the Warriors held a four point lead, but two straight three-pointers by Curry and Thompson pushed the lead to 20-12. After a timeout by Portland, the Blazers went on a 7-2 run to close the gap to three points. However, the Warriors’ defense tightened and Golden State held a 28-22 lead after one. Curry led the way for Warriors as he had 11 points, three rebounds, and five assists. David Lee’s defense was impressive as he held LaMarcus Aldridge without a point.
In the second quarter, the Warriors’ bench gave up numerous offensive rebounds in the first three possessions and their lead dwindled down to two points. With both teams playing extremely sloppy, a timeout was called after Wesley Matthews was fouled on a three-point attempt. After the timeout, Matthews’ three made free-throws and tip-in gave the Blazers a two point lead, 35-33. Midway through the quarter, the starters returned, but couldn’t stop the Blazers as the deficit ballooned to seven. However, the Warriors closed the first half well and only trailed by one, 55-54. Curry led all scorers with 23 points while Damian Lillard had 10 points.
Both teams struggled to start the half, but five points and good defense on Aldridge by Lee tied the game at 59 apiece. With good energy on both ends, the Warriors took a 64-61 lead and held the Blazers to only six points midway through the quarter. However, Lee appeared to re-injure his shoulder and a timeout was taken. After the timeout, the defensive intensity picked up and Warriors found themselves up by nine, 70-61. With Aldridge committing his fourth foul out of frustration, the Blazers were out of sync and only shot 35 percent from the field. After the third, Warriors led 76-67 and held Aldridge to six points on 1-11 shooting.
Andre Iguodala’s three and Draymond Green’s charge got the Warriors off to a good start and extended the lead to 12. With the game slipping away for the Blazers, Aldridge was inserted back and still could not get it going as the lead extended to 16. After a timeout, the Warriors were able to extend it to as much as 22 points before the Blazers made a run to cut the lead to single digits. With less than three minutes remaining, Curry hit two big shots to push the Warriors lead back to double digits, 101-86.
After two disappointing losses, the Warriors dominated the Blazers, 103-88. Curry finished the game with 38 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. Lee had another double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as he held LaMarcus Aldridge to 10 points on 2-14 shooting.