Instant Replay: Durant, Warriors dominate Blazers with offensive onslaught

Instant Replay: Durant, Warriors dominate Blazers with offensive onslaught


OAKLAND – With fire in their eyes and a bounce in their step after an off day, the Warriors came out Saturday and laid a 135-90 waxing on the Portland Trail Blazers.

Four Warriors scored in double figures, led by Kevin Durant’s 34 points, as the Warriors delighted the sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena by winning for the eighth time in nine games.

Ian Clark came off the bench for 23 points, while Stephen Curry totaled 19 and Klay Thompson 16 as the Warriors shot 58.6 percent from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point distance.

Draymond Green posted a blue-collar double-double, scoring only 3 points but providing 13 assists and 12 rebounds.

The Warriors (24-4) looked very different than they did two days ago, when they labored through a win over the Knicks. Taking Friday off, they returned with a vengeance, sprinting out to a double-digit lead barely six minutes after tipoff.

The Warriors held Portland (13-16) to 39.5-percent shooting, with Damian Lillard scoring 20 points to lead the Trail Blazers.


Back to prime efficiency after shooting 40.7 percent over the previous six games, Durant got into an early groove and kept it smooth throughout.

Durant’s line: 34 points (11-of-13 from the field, 4-of-5 beyond the arc, 8-of-10 from the line), 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He played 31 minutes and finished plus-33 for the game.


When a Maurice Harkless hook shot brought Portland within nine (28-19) with 2:42 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded by closing the quarter on an 11-2 run and taking a 39-21 lead.

An 18-9 start to the second quarter extended the lead to 57-30 with 6:08 left in the half. The Trail Blazers got no closer than 25 points after halftime.


Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia (R wrist contusion) and C/F David West (R hip contusion) were listed as questionable. Both were upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones and C Anderson Varejao, both healthy, were placed on the inactive list.

Blazers: F Al-Farouq Aminu (back spasms) was listed as doubtful. C Festus Ezeli (L knee rehab) was listed as out. Both were placed on the inactive list.


The Warriors return to action Tuesday night, when they face the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return


Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return

The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.

Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.

The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.

Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.

The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.

Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.

The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.

The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.

Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion

Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.

Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.

Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."

Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.

The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.