The Splash Brothers could not will the Warriors to another exciting victory, as Portland was able to overcome a 72-point effort from All-Star Steph Curry and sharpshooter Klay Thompson to top the Warriors in overtime 119-117.
It had to be one of the most exciting games of the year as neither side would give in, and it went down to the final buzzer as Andre Iguodala could not connect on another game-winning three-pointer for the Warriors, and Portland escaped with the victory.
The Trailblazers had a complete balanced scoring attack as six players scored in double figures; All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge led the attack with 26 points and seven rebounds. Portland also held the rebounding edge, and this proved vital with several second chance scoring opportunities.
Curry and Thompson were phenomenal for the Warriors as Curry dropped in a season-high 47 points and Thompson added 25 in the losing effort.
The game started at light speed, and never let off the throttle. The Warriors and Blazers went back and forth until a late first half run gave the Warriors a 52-44 advantage heading into the half.
The Blazers came out on fire from the locker room and stormed out to the lead while shooting 11-for-19 from the floor in the third quarter. This lead grew to 11 before Curry and Thompson took it upon themselves to put the Warriors on their shoulders with an amazing second half offensive performance.
The Blazers and Warriors showed an amazing scoring display as both teams just wouldn’t quit. Portland seemed to take the upper hand with two late free-throws, but Draymond Green stepped back and hit a fall away three-point field goal to send it to overtime.
In overtime, the game just went back and forth as neither team was able to pull away. The Warriors missed an opportunity to take the lead with seven seconds remaining and had to foul Damian Lillard to keep the game in progress. Lillard was only able to make one-of-two free throws, and the Warriors had one more chance to win the game. Curry was able to get the inbound. He drove to the hoop, kicked it out to an open Iguodala, but the shot rimmed out as time expired.
With the loss, the Warriors can only finish in the sixth spot in the Western conference and can clinch the spot with a win tomorrow night at Oracle against Kevin Love and the Minnesota T-Wolves.
Notes: When Andrew Bogut was in the game, the Warriors were at a +24; without Bogut, they were -26…. Curry will lead the NBA in three-pointers for the second year in a row and will be the first player to do that since Ray Allen in 2002-03…. The Warriors need to win at least one of their last two games to maintain the sixth position in the Western Conference.