Durant's big night not enough as Warriors fade late against Blazers
Gone is the faint hope of the Warriors running the table, and so ends their seven-game win streak.
With half their rotation, including Stephen Curry, on the sideline and Kevin Durant not getting much scoring help, the Warriors fell to the Trail Blazers, 125-108, Friday night in Portland.
Durant poured in a game-high 40 points and Klay Thompson tossed in 25, but they couldn’t find enough offense to overcome a 46-33 rebounding deficit that played a major part in giving the Blazers a 26-8 advantage in second-chance points.
While Portland (40-26) won its ninth consecutive game, the Warriors (51-15) lost a chance to pull ahead of the first-place Rockets, who lost to the Raptors in Toronto.
Durant was a one-man force, and one man isn’t enough to put away these surging Blazers.
Durant’s line: 40 points (12-of-21 shooting from the field, including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, 10-of-10 from the line), six rebounds, six assists and two blocks. He played 37 minutes and finished minus-11.
After a 3-pointer by Durant gave the Warriors an 83-77 lead with 2:27 left in the third quarter, the Blazers responded with a 10-0 run to close the quarter, taking an 87-83 lead into the fourth.
The Warriors got as close as one on a Thompson jumper with 8:56 remaining before Portland pulled away down the stretch, outscoring them 33-17 over the remainder of the game.
Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L wrist sprain) and F/C David West (R arm cyst) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. F/C Jordan Bell (L ankle sprain), G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak) and G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) were listed as out.
Blazers: F Maurice Harkless (L knee soreness) was listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff.
The Warriors return to the court Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis, where they face the Timberwolves at Target Center. Pregame coverage NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 11:30 a.m., with postgame coverage immediately following the final horn.