The Golden State Warriors shrugged off their first home loss of the season by taking down the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 136-111 Sunday night, and Stephen Curry edged out Damian Lillard in an awesome point guard battle.
Curry finished with 39 points, and Lillard scored 38 in a thrilling duel.
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Draymond Green added 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 13th triple-double of the season.
Per the AP:
“That negative energy of overanalyzing situations or even mild panic is not necessary right now,” Curry said. “We’ve got a pretty good focus as a unit of how we can bounce back from losses and just stay true to who we are.”
Draymond Green added 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 13th triple-double, and Klay Thompson scored 21 for the Warriors, who matched the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers with 69 wins. Golden State needs to win four of its final five games to break the record of 72 victories set by Chicago in 1995-96.
The game featured an old-fashioned duel between two of the league’s best scorers in Curry and Lillard. During one stretch of 2:17 in the third quarter, Curry scored on five straight trips down the floor, making four of his nine 3-pointers in the span. Not to be outdone, Lillard also scored five baskets during the run, including a pair of 3-pointers. […] “He’s not going to back down and I’m for sure not going to back down,” Lillard said. “It turned into what it was, but I don’t think it was a me-against-you type of thing. He made a play for his team and I came down and did the same.”