Instant Replay: Warriors roar back in second to down Blazers

Instant Replay: Warriors roar back in second to down Blazers


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.

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.