Despite being without their superstar player, Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors are in the midst of a winning streak, looking for their seventh straight win against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they go to California to take on the defending NBA champions. These two teams have met up a total of 231 times with the Warriors winning 109 games while the Trail Blazers pulled 122 wins. This matchup tonight will mark the first of three games that these two teams will play against each other this season.
Golden State Warriors:
Stephen Curry (ankle; 26.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.6 APG, 47.3 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
JaVale McGee (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Damian Jones (G-League)
Draymond Green (shoulder; 10.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 7.3 APG, 45.1 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
Chris Boucher (G-League)
Zaza Pachulia (shoulder; 5.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 56.0 FG%)
Portland Trail Blazers:
Jusuf Nurkic (ankle; 15.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Shabazz Napier (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 47.1 FG%, 48.6 3P%)
Wade Baldwin (G-League)
Maurice Harkless (quadriceps; 5.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.4 FG%, 25.6 3P%)
The Golden State Warriors would have the upper hand in the first half as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Portland Trail Blazers at forty-one percent. Kevin Durant would heat up for 17 points with a three-pointer late in the second quarter. He also had five rebounds and three assists while Nick Young had 12 points off of the bench. Klay Thompson scored 9 points on forty-four percent shooting. Andre Iguodala played 14 minutes off of the bench to put up six points.
As for the Blazers, Damian Lillard chalked up 19 points which included 3 three-pointers. He also committed one steal late in the first quarter while C.J. McCollum had ten points. Pat Connaughton played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Warriors went into halftime with a 60-47 advantage.
The Trail Blazers would attempt to respond as they went on a 57-51 run in the second half. During that run, Lillard collected 20 more points, as well as four defensive rebounds and two assists. McCollum contributed with eleven points as he knocked down a three-pointer early in the third period. Zach Collins played 16 minutes off of the bench as he recorded seven points.
The Warriors, however, closed things out behind Thompson’s 15 points and Durant’s 11 points. Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Warriors pulled away with a 111-104 victory. Kevin Durant finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. Damian Lillard had a season-high 39 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
The Golden State Warriors will host Harrison Barnes (18.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (7-20) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. This game will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season. They have met up a total of 158 times with the Warriors pulling 77 victories as the Mavericks won 81 games.
The last time that battled each other was on October 23 when the Golden State Warriors handed the Dallas Mavericks a 133-103 blowout loss. During that game, Stephen Curry scored 29 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, dished off 8 assists, and committed 4 steals. Wesley Matthews finished with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
The Portland Trail Blazers will head down to South Beach to take on Goran Dragic (17.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 45 FG%) and the Miami Heat (12-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Heat and the Trail Blazers have battled it out a total of 57 times with the Heat winning 20 games while the Trail Blazers won 37 games. This will mark the first of two times that these teams will meet up this season.