Can someone tell the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers that it isn’t the playoffs yet?
The two teams put up quite a show on Sunday night, with the Blazers coming out on top, 119-117 in an overtime thriller. Stephen Curry dazzled the crowd with 47 points on 16-of-29 shooting and 7-of-14 from three-point arc. He single-handedly kept the Warriors in the game late, and damn near pulled off the win.
Curry’s 18 points in the fourth brought the Warriors back from a 10-point deficit. For a while, it was Curry vs. the Blazers, trading threes before the Warriors pulled even at 95-95 on an Andre Iguodala dunk with 4:54 left in regulation. However, a couple of late fouls put the Warriors down 105-102 with 12 seconds to play, but Draymond Green nailed a contested three to tie the game and force overtime.
However, the Warriors found themselves shorthanded in overtime with Andrew Bogut out due to an apparent rib injury. The two teams still traded baskets, and Klay Thompson made two huge threes, the latter of which put the Warriors up 117-116 with 55 seconds to play. But LaMarcus Aldridge, who led the Blazers with 26 points, knocked down a jumper to put Portland back ahead, then Curry missed a jumper on the ensuing possession. A Damian Lillard free throw made it 119-117 Blazers, giving the Warriors once last shot with seven seconds on the clock. The game-winning attempt went to Iguodala, who had a wide-open look from three after Curry was doubled off the inbound pass. Curry passed it back to an open Iguodala, but the shot hit the back-rim and bounced out, ending a truly epic game.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 48.4% (44-91)
- Three-point percentage: 45.9% (17-37)
- Rebounds: 38
- Assists: 22
- Turnovers: 14
- Bench points: 24
- Field-goal percentage: 50.0% (43-86)
- Three-point percentage: 41.7% (10-24)
- Rebounds: 46
- Assists: 26
- Turnovers: 14
- Bench points: 22
How The West Stands
With the loss, the Warriors can not finish higher than sixth in the West. They need to win one of their final two games to clinch the sixth seed, or risk falling to seventh and having to face the Thunder in the first round. The Warriors would much rather face the Clippers, so they need to beat either the Timberwolves tomorrow or the Nuggets on the Wednesday to secure a first round date with their SoCal rivals.
Good to Know
All three of Stephen Curry’s 47+ point performances have come in a losing cause. Blazers win this one in OT, 119-117
— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 14, 2014
What’s on Tap
No rest for the weary, as the Warriors play the Timberwolves at home Monday night.
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