Warriors stymie Blazers on offense
Stephen Curry had 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defense to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-88 on Sunday night.
The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defense to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-88 on Sunday night.
“Just what the doctor ordered,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
Curry, the Western Conference’s newly elected All-Star starting point guard, shot 13 of 23 from the floor while wearing shiny gold shoes to carry the offensive load. The Warriors did it all on defense together, though, building a 22-point lead midway through the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Golden State outshot Portland 41.8 percent to 33.7 percent and forced 15 turnovers while committing only nine. It was a season low in points and shooting percentage and it tied the largest margin of defeat for the Blazers, who entered averaging an NBA-best 109.5 points.
Damian Lillard had 16 points and four assists, and Wesley Matthews scored 21 for the Blazers, who had a quick turnaround after beating Minnesota in Portland on Saturday night.
The Blazers had not been held below 40 percent shooting all season. The defeat equaled a 116-101 loss to Houston on Nov. 5 for Portland’s most lopsided margin.
“That was a rough game,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “The first half both teams played pretty well, but the second half we didn’t have much going at the offensive end. Golden State did a nice job with its defense. It was just one of those nights where we just didn’t have enough at the offensive end.”
Former Cougar Klay Thompson scored 17 for a Warriors team that had lost three straight at home.
• Ty Lawson scored 27 points, Wilson Chandler had 20 and the visiting Denver Nuggets defeated the short-handed Sacramento Kings 125-117. Former Husky Isaiah Thomas had 22 points and eight assists for Sacramento.
• Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting, LeBron James added 18 points and the host Miami Heat rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 113-101 in an NBA Finals rematch from last season. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 23 points. Boris Diaw added 15.
• Tom Gola, the Hall of Famer who led La Salle to the 1954 NCAA title, still holds the Division I record for career rebounds and helped the Philadelphia Warriors win the 1956 NBA championship, died Sunday in Meadowbrook, Pa. The five-time NBA All-Star was 81.