Portland @ Golden State
Blazers starting point guard Damian Lillard showed us all why he is favourite to win this season’s rookie of the year award Friday night as he lit up the Oracle Arena in his home town against the Warriors. Lillard’s heroics, however, weren’t enough to get the Blazers over the line as Golden State snapped a 2 game losing streak, downing Portland 103-97.
Lillard went for a career high 37 points on 15-25 shooting and knocked down 7 three pointers but received little help from his Blazer teammates, the next best scoring performance coming from Nicholas Batum who notched up 16 points. The Blazers shot a dismal 38% from the floor, while on the other side of the ball, the Warriors could do no wrong, shooting 47% from the field and 40% from three point range.
Stephen Curry (22pts, 12ast) and David Lee (24pts, 10reb) both recorded double-doubles as the Warriors raced away in the first half, going into the main break with a 15 point advantage. Golden State was sharing the ball extremely well, recording 10 more assists in the game than the Blazers.
With a level scoring 3rd quarter, the Dubs maintained their 15 point lead going into the final quarter, and although a late surge from Lillard and co, who outscored G.State 34-25 in the 4th, the Blazers fell painfully short.
“Eleven turnovers; we took care of the basketball. Twenty-eight assists; we were unselfish on the offensive end. This is preparing us. Like I told my guys, where we expect to go, in these games, you are going to have to find a way to stop special players, and this is great preparation for us.” Warriors coach Mark Jackson
The Warriors now edge closer to a top 4 seed in the West, just a few games behind the Grizzlies at 23-12. While the Blazers will continue to fight a tough battle for the few remaining Western playoffs spots, currently in the 8th seed at 20-16
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Upcoming games for the Dubs:
- Sunday, Jan 13th @ Denver
- Wednesday, Jan 16th vs. Miami
- Friday, Jan 28th, @ San Antonio