OAKLAND -- The Warriors made it hard on themselves Wednesday night, but they still came away with their ninth consecutive victory at Oracle Arena.
With Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combining for 65 points, the Warriors held on for a 125-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Curry finished with 35 points, while Durant poured in 30. Klay Thompson tossed in 14 and Zaza Pachulia 13 as the Warriors (31-5) defeated Portland for the third time this season and the fifth time in a row.
The Warriors recorded 31 assists, the 25th game in which they’ve posted at least 30.
Guard CJ McCollum scored 35 points -- 26 in the first half -- to lead the Blazers (15-22), who were playing without star point guard Damian Lillard.
On a night of sporadic defense and Curry somewhat neutralizing his tremendous offense with five turnovers, Durant’s efficiency and two-way game were once again nothing less than marvelous.
Durant’s line: 30 points (9-of-16 shooting from the field, including 3-of-8 from deep, 9-of-9 from the line), five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal. He played 38 minutes and finished plus-22.
For good measure, Durant’s defense was a major factor in the Warriors holding McCollum to 9 points after halftime.
After Portland went ahead 74-70 with 10:42 left in the third quarter, the responded with an 11-0 run to take an 81-74 lead on a reverse layup by Curry with 8:18 left in the quarter.
The Warriors kept the lead at seven (99-92) at the end of the quarter and went ahead as much as 13 in the fourth. The Trail Blazers got no closer than five in the fourth quarter.
It was the 200th game of Steve Kerr’s coaching career. His record (171-29) is the best in NBA history through 200 games.
Warriors: No injuries were listed.
Blazers: G Damian Lillard (L ankle sprain) was listed as doubtful and downgraded to out 90 minutes before tipoff. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) was listed as out.
The Warriors return to the court Friday night, when they face the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.