Mar 16, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the fourth quarter of the game at the Moda Center. The Warriors won the game 113-112. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Splash Brothers Lift Warriors Past Blazers in Thriller


The Golden State Warriors are not afraid of playing on the road, as evidenced by their 21-15 record away from home. They also aren’t afraid of big deficits in games, as evidenced by their five double-digit comebacks this season.

Exhibit A of the said theorems was Sunday night, when the Warriors overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 113-112 in a thriller between two teams fighting for position in the Western Conference.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both caught fire in the fourth quarter, as they scored 30 of their team’s 36 points in the final quarter. Curry finished with 37, while Thompson had 27, including making the two biggest shots of the night. With a minute remaining and the game tied at 107-107, Thompson knocked down a three in transition off a feed from Curry. Then, after four straight points by Damian Lillard put the Blazers in front 111-110, Curry drove and kicked out to Harrison Barnes, who found Thompson for another three-pointer, this one putting the Warriors up by two. With five seconds to play, Nicolas Batum drew a foul and went 1-of-2 from the line, resulting in a mad scramble for the rebound. Batum somehow wound up with the ball in his hands, but could only throw up a desperation three that fell well short of the rim as time expired.

The Warriors fell behind initially in the second quarter, when the Blazers went on a 12-2 run after the game was tied 31-31. They also started the second half on a run, making four three-pointers in the first five minutes of the third quarter to go up 18. Batum had himself a terrific shooting game with 26 points and five made threes. But the Warriors clawed their way back, cutting the lead to 85-77 heading into the fourth.

From there, the momentum seemed to shift, and the Splash Brothers went off. Curry and Thompson both made three 3-pointers in the quarter, while there were a few questionable calls that Portland did not like, resulting in two technical fouls. With the Blazers frustrated and tempers running high, the Warriors were able to maintain their composure, and their key players delivered when they needed to most.

But go figure: the Warriors lose to Cleveland (Cleveland!) at home, then go on the road and beat one of the top teams in the West. Inconsistency has been the theme of the season, and the Warriors have showed in the past two games that they can lose to anyone, but also beat anyone on any given night.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Field-goal percentage: 47.7% (42-88)
  • Three-point percentage: 36.7% (11-30)
  • Rebounds: 41
  • Assists: 17
  • Turnovers: 12
  • Bench points: 23

Blazers    

  • Field-goal percentage: 42.0% (37-88)
  • Three-point percentage: 42.9% (12-28)
  • Rebounds: 48
  • Assists: 25
  • Turnovers: 12
  • Bench points: 23

Good to Know

What’s on Tap

The Warriors take on another one of those pesky scrub teams from the East once again on Tuesday, as the Magic come to town.

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