Warriors Shut Down Portland, 103-88
The Golden State Warriors came out to play on Sunday night with one of the most impressive defensive displays all season. The Warriors held the red hot Blazers to a season low 38% from the field, and All Star Steph Curry provided the offensive spark to aid the Warriors in breaking their three game home losing streak.
In a match-up of perennial All Star point guards; Steph Curry won this round over Bay Area product Damian Lillard. Curry poured in 38 points and eight assists shooting 13-for-23 from the field. Lillard, surrounded by countless friends and family, had an off night going 5-for-16 from the field with 16 points and four assists.
The Warriors held the Blazers to their lowest score and worst shooting percentage of the season. The Blazers were only able to score 33 points in the second half, committed 15 turnovers, and lost by the largest margin all season.
The Warriors showed grit on both ends of the floor. Power forward David Lee played the game with an injured shoulder, but was still able to score 17 points and pull down 12 rebounds while holding superstar Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge to only 10 points on 2-of-14 shooting from the floor.
The Warriors and Blazers seemed to be heading for another back and forth contest until the Warriors stormed out from the locker room on a 16-6 run after halftime. The Warriors took a commanding lead into the fourth quarter, and increased the lead to 22 points with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Blazers went on a 16-3 run to make it a nine-point Warrior lead, however Steph Curry and Harrison Barnes put the game away with late jumpers and from the free throw line.
The win for the Warriors increased their record to 27-18, and will continue their five game homestand against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.by