Stephen Curry never left the hotel, and neither did Klay Thompson’s jumper. The 3-point line was no friend of the Warriors on Sunday night in Portland.
So they turned to Kevin Durant and the foul line.
With the Durant scoring a game-high 33 points and the Warriors making a season-high 33 free throws, they were able to hold on for a 113-111 win over the determined Trail Blazers at Moda Center.
Thompson scored 27 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the field, 13-of-15 from the line), Zaza Pachulia tossed in 14 and Andre Iguodala came off the bench to add an important 12 points as the Warriors (41-7) won for the 10th time in 11 games.
The Warriors were 8-of-26 (30.8 percent) from beyond the arc, while Portland (21-28) was 10-of-27.
The victory gave the Warriors a four-game season sweep over the Blazers.
From a macro perspective, it was a Durant kind of night. From a micro perspective, it was a Pachulia night.
Durant’s line: 33 points (13-of-26 shooting from the field, including 1-of-7 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line), 10 rebounds, six assists and a blocked shot. He played 36 minutes and finished minus-3.
Pachulia’s line: 14 points (3-of-5, 8-of-10 from the line), five rebounds, four steals and two assists. He played 23 minutes and finished plus-12.
Each team had impressive runs, keeping the game close, but the Warriors never trailed after the first few minutes.
Up 99-97 with 2:32 to play, the Warriors achieved final separation with a 7-2 run punctuated by a Thompson triple with 37.5 seconds remaining.
The Warriors, who were tied three times in the second half, maintained the lead until the final buzzer.
Warriors: G Stephen Curry (stomach flu) and C/F David West (L thumb fracture) were listed as out.
Blazers: F Maurice Harkless (L calf strain) is listed as probable. F Ed Davis (L wrist sprain) is listed as doubtful. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) is listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Wednesday night when they play host to the Charlotte Hornets at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35.