Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - LaMarcus Aldridge had a monster outing with
30 points and 21 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers outscored the Golden
State Warriors by 15 in the final quarter en route to a 113-101 win at Oracle
Wesley Matthews scored 23 points, while Damian Lillard netted 20 with nine
assists for Portland, which won its 10th consecutive game.
A raucous shoving match broke out with just under four minutes left in the
third quarter that saw ejections of Matthews and Mo Williams for Portland and
also Gerald Green for Golden State.
After Stephen Curry made two technical free throws to increase the Golden
State lead, 81-71, Portland outscored the Warriors 42-20 in the final 15 plus
minutes of the game.
Klay Thompson scored 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while Curry returned to
the lineup after missing the past two games with a concussion and scored
22 points with 11 assists in the loss.
After the Curry technical free throws and a pair at the line from Thompson,
Portland used a 15-3 run that spanned the end of the third and early moments
of the fourth to tie the game 86-86.
Curry's floater with 8:45 left gave the Warriors their final lead of the game
at 92-90. Aldridge went 6-of-6 from the free throw line as part of a 14-0 run
that gave the Blazers a 12-point cushion with just over three minutes
Leading 54-49 at the half, Golden State came out in the third stanza on a 16-7
run which gave the Warriors their largest lead of the game, 70-56.
Portland trimmed the deficit to 79-71 after a Matthews jumper and then the
Portland's Joel Freeland and Golden State's Andrew Bogut got tangled up after
the made basket and both sides flew to their teammates' aid. Matthews and
Williams came flying and coaches and officials had to step up to squelch
Bogut, Aldridge, and Freeland were all handed technicals and ejections.
"Nights like this, it needs to marinate in your spirit," said Golden State
head coach Mark Jackson. "Sometimes hitting the road is a good thing for a
team that is struggling."
Golden State led 24-23 after the first quarter and built a 12-point second
quarter lead with three minutes left before Portland cut the deficit to five
at the break.
David Lee scored 15 points with 12 rebounds for Golden State, which lost its
third consecutive game.
Golden State was without forward Andre Iguodala, who is out indefinitely with
a strained left hamstring he suffered Friday against the Lakers ... This was
the first of four meetings this season between the teams ... Portland snapped
a three-game losing streak to Golden State ... Portland hosts the Knicks on
Monday ... Golden State hits the road for a four-game trip starting in New
Orleans on Tuesday.
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