November 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews (2) dribbles against Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Lose Battle to Blazers


November 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12, right) defends against Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Trail Blazers defeated the Warriors 113-101. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In a fierce battle — literally — between two exciting Western Conferences teams, the Golden State Warriors fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 113-101 thanks to a late surge by the Blazers.

What will be talked about in the next few days will be the skirmish that took place in the third quarter that resulted in three players — Draymond Green, Wesley Matthews, and Mo Williams — being ejected and ignited the Blazers offense. Portland closed the game on a 42-22 run following the altercation, and ran away with a double-digit victory.

The Warriors entered the fourth quarter with a five-point lead, but quickly saw that evaporate. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 points in the quarter, 11 of them on free throws. He finished with 30 points and 21 rebounds, and was no match for David Lee.

The two teams interchanged scoring runs throughout the first half, literally exchanging scoring bursts. Wesley Matthews hit three straight three-pointers in a row during the first quarter, and led the Blazers with 13 points at the half. Meanwhile, Thompson lit up the scoreboard for the Warriors, scoring 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He finished with 30 points to lead the way for the Warriors, but fouled out in the fourth quarter. Golden State led 54-49 at the half.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Field Goals: 47.4% (36-76)
  • 3-Pointers: 41.2% (7-17)
  • Rebounds: 41
  • Assists: 20
  • Turnovers: 20

Trail Blazers

  • Field Goals: 43% (37-86)
  • 3-Pointers: 47.6% (10-21)
  • Rebounds: 46
  • Assists: 27
  • Turnovers: 15

Notable Quote

Aldridge to Williams and Matthews (ejected Blazers) after the game (via Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports):

(The win) is for y’all.

Tweet of the Night

What’s on Tap

The Warriors, now losers of three in a row, will travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans on Tuesday that will begin a five-game road trip.

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