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Instant Replay: Curry, Clark catch fire as Warriors soar past Blazers

Instant Replay: Curry, Clark catch fire as Warriors soar past Blazers

BOX SCORE

PORTLAND – In their first game since opening night against a playoff-caliber opponent, the Warriors put together their best performance of the season.

Five players scored in double figures, and the defense tightened up after the opening minutes Tuesday night, and the Warriors rolled to a 127-104 bashing of the Trail Blazers at Moda Center.

Stephen Curry totaled 28 points, Ian Clark had a career-high 22, Kevin Durant 20, Klay Thompson 14 and Andre Iguodala 11 as the Warriors won their third consecutive game.

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The Warriors dominated inside, outscoring the Blazers 60-28 in the paint and also taking their first rebounding advantage of the season, beating Portland 45-32 on the glass.

Damian Lillard led Portland with 31 points, 13 coming in the first quarter.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

Clark owned the first half, and Curry took over in the second.

Clark’s line: 22 points (8-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-3 from deep, 3-of-3 from the line), three steals and two rebounds and one assist. He played 25 minutes off the bench and finished plus-18.

Curry’s line: 28 points, 23 in the third quarter alone, (10-of-21, 5-of-10, 3-of-4), four rebounds, three assists and a steal. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-24.

TURNING POINT

After the Blazers cut the deficit to seven (76-69) with 5:45 left in the third quarter on back-to-back 3-pointers by CJ McCollum, the Warriors responded with a 18-2 run to take a 94-71 lead with 1:09 left in the quarter.

The Warriors led by as much as 35, with the outcome never in doubt.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: G Pat McCaw (L ankle sprain) and C Damian Jones (R pectoral recovery) were listed as out.

Blazers: C Festus Ezeli (L knee recovery) was listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return home Wednesday and will face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Oracle Arena.

Kevon Looney would 'love to stay' with Warriors, hopes it works out

Kevon Looney would 'love to stay' with Warriors, hopes it works out

LOS ANGELES -- Aware that Steve Kerr one day earlier urged the Warriors to offer him a long-term contract, Kevon Looney paused and broke into a broad grin at the mention of it Saturday.

“Yeah, I heard what he said,” Looney said. “It’s good to have that kind of support from the coach. I hope it works out.”

Kerr made it clear Friday that he was glad Looney did not leave upon becoming a free agent last summer, adding he believes the 23-year-old center/forward had done enough to earn a long-term deal -- and that he hopes it’s with the Warriors.

So does Looney, who has become a staple of the team’s playing rotation.

“I’d love to stay here,” he said. “I like being on this team. I want to be there when Chase Center opens later this year.”

Looney is earning $1.57 million this season. The valuable backup becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, the second consecutive summer he will hit the market.

[RELATED: Why Iguodala hopes Looney leaves]

This time, however, the Warriors have Bird rights on Looney, giving them considerable financial flexibility to pursue a new contract.

“For two years now, he has been a rock for us,” Kerr said Saturday morning. “So when I mentioned that [Friday], yeah, I really hope that’s here. I want him to be here for a long time. I think everybody in this locker room wants Loon to be rewarded for his effort.”

Looney set career highs in games played (80), minutes (18.5 per game), points (6.3 points per game) and rebounds (5.2 per game), among other categories, during the 2018-19 regular season. He has averaged 11.7 points in the Warriors' three playoff games thus far.

Steve Kerr believes Andre Iguodala can play as long as he wants, but will he?

Steve Kerr believes Andre Iguodala can play as long as he wants, but will he?

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Iguodala has one more year left on his contract, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes the 16-year NBA veteran isn't close to being done.

"I think he can play beyond this contract if he really wants," Kerr said after practice Saturday morning. "He may not want to -- he may just go to the golf course and call it a career -- but he can keep playing if he wants."

Despite his NBA mileage, Iguodala, 34, continues to be a key contributor, averaging 10.7 points, 4.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the postseason, making good on the three-year, $48 million deal he signed with the Warriors in 2017.

"Not a lot of players who stay relevant deep into their careers, almost all of them have high basketball IQs," Kerr said. "He still has his athleticism. It takes him longer to warm up and longer to cool down, but it's still there."

In Game 3 of the first-round series against the Clippers, Iguodala finished with 15 points, three assists and two rebounds, helping the Warriors take a 2-1 series advantage, showing athleticism not normally seen from a player his age. 

"Some of those dunks the other night, plays he was making in the paint," Kerr said. "The guy is a remarkable athlete, and the combination of his athleticism, his work ethic and his brain is going to allow him to play." 

However, Iguodala might be out of the league sooner than his coach thinks. Last November, he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that his NBA days could be numbered. 

“I’m going to be done soon,” he said. “I could probably play a legit five more years, but I’ll probably max out at three more after this year -- maybe three more.

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“But if I’m not here, that will weigh heavily on what I will do. I possibly have another year here -- if we win. That’s it. I know that. I’m fine with it.”

Only Iguodala knows how long he can play, but however long he wants to stay with the Warriors, it seems his coach will welcome with open arms.